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It’s Never Been More Important for Big Companies to Listen to Local Communities

Harvard Business

Look no further than the recent protests against the completion of the Keystone and the Dakota Access pipelines , or the opposition that stopped the development of the Cape Wind Associates’ offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound. In 2012, Barrick Gold founder and chair Peter Munk stressed that in today’s environment, “The single most critical factor in growing a mining company is a social consensus — a license to mine.” Alice Potter/Getty Images.