Natural Resource Conflict

RESOLVE has worked on thousands of projects over the past 30 years, helping innumerable stakeholders make public policy decisions collaboratively.

Conflict Prevention and Response Training Tool

RESOLVE’s training programs help companies and stakeholders understand, prevent and respond to conflicts on large-scale natural resource development projects. The program supports individuals in companies and communities so that they build capacity to access the potential for grievances, address grievances before they escalate, and manage conflict when it does occur. RESOLVE has used components of the program to train small teams as well  as the staff of an entire company- at all its locations worldwide. The program has modules suited for various roles and levels in a company. RESOLVE regularly discusses the underlying principles with leading stakeholders to strengthen the program and ensure global consistency.

A Collaborative Response to Conflict Metals: Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition and Global e-Sustainability Initiative

From 2009 to 2010, RESOLVE conducted a collaborative research project investigating the supply chain for “conflict minerals” sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries. The research program brought together electronics companies, NGOs, mining companies, investors, trade associations, and other experts to understand the supply chain challenges and explore responses to advance responsible sourcing and corporate social responsibility. Commissioned by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), RESOLVE’s design and facilitation services resulted in the report, “Tracing a Path Forward: A Study of the Challenges of the Supply Chain for Target Metals Used in Electronics.” This report helped guide the strategies now being implemented by EICC and GeSI member companies like Intel, Motorola, HP, Dell, Apple and Nokia to address conflict minerals. RESOLVE continues to work with electronics and other sectors, NGOs, and government to advance supply chain solutions on conflict minerals.

Solving Mining Disputes: Proposed Titanium Mine in Georgia

From 1997 to 1999, RESOLVE mediated a dispute over the DuPont Corporation’s proposal to mine for titanium adjacent to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. RESOLVE guided a core group in an eighteen-month collaborative dialogue to obtain consensus on the potential impacts of the proposed mine and the exploration of both mining and non‑mining alternatives. DuPont then accepted the analysis as basis for decision making and an outcome supported by key stakeholders.An expanded list of 400 interested parties had periodic opportunities for strategic input. The program included establishing an interdisciplinary technical advisory group that could provide scientific input on a list of over 100 issues.