The Local Resources Development Initiative (LRDITM) is SNC-Lavalin’s proprietary sustainability strategy that creates shared value between the projects and their local stakeholders by hiring locally and using local suppliers. Since 1997, LRDITM has been successfully integrated into several projects around the world.
LRDI prioritizes socio-economic and community development, as well as the creation of shared value for rights-holders, communities, local governments and other stakeholders. This shared-value approach requires a good understanding of the positive impacts that may be generated by a project, and the maximization of these spin-offs in order to benefit the community at large.
SNC-Lavalin’s LRDITM is based on four main pillars:
- Recording and tracking the local labour force during the construction phase of a project;
- Establishing a training program for the local labour force;
- Optimizing local goods, services, and businesses;
- Providing a support strategy for the development of local communities and Aboriginal peoples.
Strengthening the social license to operate
Identifying and addressing social issues and opportunities at all project stages allows for the creation of a shared value framework can create new possibilities for the project, communities, civil society organizations and governments. The implementation of LRDI strategies has proven to be very effective in avoiding some social hazards and mitigating other risks during project execution. This strategy helps our clients obtain and strengthen their social licence to operate throughout the most critical phase of the project, when the need for resources and the influx of capital are at their peak. The LRDI is an integral part of the sustainability framework of the project, and we gradually transfer that capacity to our clients as the project moves into the operations phase.
The LRDI has been openly recognized by our clients as a key element of the success of their projects.