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Environmental & Social Impact Assessment Services

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) has become a critical tool to minimize project risks and reduce costly delays on projects. At Golder, our ESIA team is at the forefront of understanding both local and international (Equator Principles, International Finance Corporation) standards.


ESIA is a comprehensive, concept-to-completion approach that involves all stakeholders from the start, relies upon sound science at every stage and works to achieve sustainable development throughout a project's lifecycle. We have found that this holistic approach builds positive stakeholder relationships, identifies and solves problems early on, effectively manages risks, avoids costly scheduling delays and, ultimately, creates a social license to operate.

Golder assembles multidisciplinary teams using scientists in:

  • Physical disciplines such as hydrology, water quality, noise and air quality
  • Biological disciplines including terrestrial and aquatic ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Social disciplines including health, cultural sciences/archaeology and socio-economics
  • Stakeholder engagement and social management strategies, policies and practices

Our global ESIA technical network consists of more than 1,000 professionals who collectively represent one of our largest client service areas. Each project typically requires a multidisciplinary team of environmental and social scientists, along with information technologists and project-management professionals.

Our global ESIA team continues to introduce new services to help our clients understand how their activities may affect local communities in which they operate and the inherent biodiversity found there. New services include indigenous peoples development planning, human rights assessment, health impact assessment, critical habitat evaluation and biodiversity offset planning, ecosystem services and climate change adaptations.

You can see more detail about our approach, implementation and results in these key project summaries.


Global Network, Local Solutions

Our global and local professionals team together to best serve the needs of your project, its surrounding community and the environment. Team members have access to the latest industry practices and technologies using Golder's technical community sharing network.

Golder ESIA professionals frequently collaborate with other experts in related service areas such as:

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