What is the SLP?

The Social License Platform (SLP) connects businesses to localized expertise to achieve more responsible projects and investments in land. Registered businesses can use the SLP to find and hire service providers for a range of environmental and social services, while service providers can use the platform to identify and bid on new projects. The platform carefully curates the businesses and providers who submit and bid for projects, streamlining the contracting process for both sides and ensuring that goals and values are aligned. Registration is free, and provides users with the ability to post or submit proposals to SLP projects; training and support from world-leading experts; and access to networking opportunities with SLP’s users.

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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?

Investing in 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.

Finding the right partners takes time

The SLP helps 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 it works

The SLP is dedicated to both businesses and service providers. This means that our Users will be in search of either experts or projects and will follow these simple steps to become connected.

If you are looking for experts

Register: Once you register and complete your profile, you can post your project needs, view registered provider profiles and access our resource center.

Post: Our templates make it easy to craft Terms of Reference (ToRs) for a range of projects, with additional support available from SLP personnel to support project design.

Match: You can customize how ToRs are distributed to fit your needs. We use expert experience to match you with the best candidate for your needs.

Hire: You can browse profiles, review proposals from experts, and manage the project, all within the platform.

If you are looking for projects

Register: Once you register and complete your profile you can search for projects, submit proposals and access the User Directory.

Find: Review open ToRs for a range of projects, and receive customized matches with opportunities based on your SLP User Profile.

Get Hired: Build and submit proposals easily with our templates and support from SLP experts, and use the SLP to submit documents and manage projects.


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Learn about the Services that the SLP helps businesses to find.

Investee compliance

Global investors use the SLP to help their investees procure the expertise they need

Scaling delivery

Businesses use the SLP to identify the right experts quickly and easily

Expand impact

Experts and NGOs use the SLP to expand their impact