Delivering local benefits in the communities where extractives companies operate is no longer a choice. It is a commercial necessity—and one that is increasingly mandated by law. In the new competitive landscape of waning supply and increasing demand for energy and mineral resources, companies in the extractive industries face rising expectations to do more than simply mitigate negative impacts, serve as sources of tax/royalty revenue, and act as good neighbors

This paper offers insights into the key trends driving higher expectations of extractives companies, highlights some of the challenges and opportunities for companies in building local content approaches that drive commercial value, and provides recommendations based on BSR's 15 years of experience working with companies in the extractive industries.

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