The business is aware of the impact of its activities on local access to livelihoods of neighbouring communities and where negative impacts have been identified, the business has developed a written strategy to mitigate such impacts

What does this mean?

  • This point should be handled in exactly the same way as the one above, but in this case we are referring to the impact of operations on local access to livelihoods of neighbouring communities.
  • Areas of impact to be assessed can include (but are not limited to) employment opportunities, market opportunities, access to skills needed for employment, etc.

PLEASE NOTE: read above re urban vs. rural businesses.

What do I do?

  • By access to livelihoods we are talking about things that the business has done which limits opportunities for the local community to earn a living as they have previously done

  • Examples: the business does not allow the local community access to its land for wild harvesting which was previously done, the business opens a curio shop for tourists so the local community can no longer sell their products to tourists, etc.

  • The same template can be used as above to do the risk assessment.
  • Don’t forget to record actions taken by the business to mitigate any negative impacts.
  • The business should include this in the above policy.