What is the SLP?
The Social License Platform (SLP) is an online service that connects businesses to localized expertise to achieve more responsible agricultural projects and investments in land. Businesses can use the SLP to find and hire service providers for a range of environmental and social projects relating to land, while service providers can use the platform to identify and bid on new projects.
Our Vision and Mission
We envision an investment landscape in which all land-related investments protect and respect the land rights of women and men in affected communities and meet best practice standards for environmental and social responsibility.
We work towards this vision by helping businesses find the expertise necessary to integrate best practices into operations, and assisting local and international experts to locate and identify businesses interested in responsible investments.
Why is the SLP needed?
We understand that investing in agricultural land in emerging markets is challenging
In many emerging market environments, environmental and social risks can be high. Land tenure disputes are an all-too-frequent example of these risks. Often, land records – if they exist –do not reflect ground-level realities as understood by the communities and individuals owning or using the land. Much of the land available for investment is occupied by people that lack any formal rights. Without local knowledge and understanding, businesses can easily become embroiled in protracted disputes with local people that are costly and reputationally damaging. Equally, local communities will likely be seriously harmed by investments that fail to respect land uses and rights, and include local knowledge and input in the investment design and implementation.
We help businesses articulate their needs and connect to reliable experts, including local providers with expertise in complex processes like consulting with local communities, performing legal and institutional analysis, assessing environmental and social impacts, resolving disputes, and establishing and operating outgrower schemes.
We help local experts – including community based organizations, civil society organizations, consulting firms, and independent consultants – identify and support companies interested in achieving more responsible investments aligned with best practice standards.
How does the SLP work?
The SLP is dedicated to helping businesses find experts and service providers find projects requiring their expertise. SLP users follow the steps below to find the connections they need.