The Social License to Operate (SLO) work is clustered into one work package within the MIREU project. The objective of the SLO work in MIREU is to develop EU level SLO Guidelines and an accompanying Toolkit that will further the social awareness of mining and metallurgy at the national, regional and local levels; develop pan-European social responsibility standards for the mining industry; redefine the role of regional regulatory authorities in furthering SLO; and provide concrete tools for all affected stakeholders to improve transparency and communication, with the ultimate aim of building trust. 


MIREU is organising a series of three SLO workshops throughout the project. The first SLO workshop focused on different concepts related to sustainability practises. The second workshop looks at SLO through the lens of regional development to explore how building trust between communities and companies can potentially further mining activities and contribute to regional economic growth and social cohesion across Europe. The third SLO workshop takes a more forward view with a focus on ensuring SLO is adaptive and resilient.

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Under the title "Ensuring SLO is adaptive and resilient", GKZ and the University of Lapland organised the third (and final) SLO stakeholder workshop of the project MIREU - Network of Mining and Metallurgy Regions in EU - in Brussels. The host was the Saxon Liaison Office, which is increasingly dedicated to mining issues and has become an important...
Background The 2nd MIREU SLO Workshop with the theme ‘SLO and Regional Development Perspectives’ took place in Leoben, Austria on 24-25 October 2018. This workshop was the second in a series of stakeholder workshops organised in the MIREU project. The main objective of this workshop was to explore the linkages between social license to operate (...
The 2nd MIREU SLO Workshop with the theme ‘SLO and Regional Development Perspectives’ took place in Leoben, Austria on 24-25 October 2018. This workshop was the second in a series of stakeholder workshops organised in the MIREU project. The main objective of this workshop was to explore the linkages between social license to operate (SLO) and...
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On 23-25 October 2018, the MIREU project organised a workshop focusing on 'SLO and Regional Development Perspectives' in Leoben, Austria, as the second in a series of three Social License to Operate workshops that explore the concept of SLO and the linkages between SLO and regional development. The objectives of the workshop were twofold; on the...
Background The 2nd MIREU SLO Workshop with the theme ‘SLO and Regional Development Perspectives’ took place in Leoben, Austria on 24-25 October 2018. This workshop was the second in a series of stakeholder workshops organised in the MIREU project. The main objective of this workshop was to explore the linkages between social license to operate (...
The first MIREU Social Licence to Operate (SLO) workshop with the theme Linking SLO and Sustainability: challenges in Europe and lessons from abroad was organised in Rovaniemi, Finland, between 8-9 May 2018. The workshop sought to understand what sustainability – social, environmental, and economic - looks like across Europe’s mining regions and...
The 1st MIREU SLO Workshop with the theme Linking SLO and Sustainability: challenges in Europe and lessons from abroad took place in Rovaniemi, Finland, between 8th May and 9th May 2018. This first SLO workshop focused on different concepts related to sustainability practises. The workshop explored what sustainability – social, environmental, and...
Australia is a leading producer of minerals for the world and produces 19 minerals in significant amounts from nearly 400 operating mines.  Mining represents in excess of ten per cent of gross domestic product and employs almost 300,000 people directly. The strength of Australia’s resource sector has fueled much of its economic development and...
The 2nd SLO Workshop with the theme SLO and Regional Development Perspectives will be organised between 24-25 October 2018 in Leoben, Austria. This workshop is the second in a series of Social License to Operate (SLO) Workshops. The first SLO workshop, organised in Rovaniemi in May, focused on different concepts related to sustainability practises...
The 3rd SLO Workshop with the theme Ensuring SLO is Adaptive and Resilient will take place on 5-6 June 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.  Please find the draft agenda below. If you are interested in participating in the optional session "State of the art, lessons learned and the way forward for SLO in the EU" on 6th June, we kindly invite you to send an...
The 1st MIREU SLO Workshop with the theme Linking SLO and Sustainability: challenges in Europe and lessons from abroad will take place in Rovaniemi, Finland, between 8th May and 9th May 2018. This first SLO Workshop seeks to understand what sustainability – social, environmental, and economic - looks like across Europe’s mining regions and how SLO...

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 776811 — H2020-SC5-2017.