Over recent years, energy companies have worked to expand traditional philanthropy into approaches that more explicitly address risk management, social license, and shared value objectives. The webinar will explore this evolution as well as discuss some of the major success factors and challenges associated with determining social investment priorities, managing design and implementation requirements, assessing social investment performance, and reporting on impacts.
Alison Colwell oversees the design and execution of BSR's projects on human rights, community engagement and development, responsible labor, strategy integration, and gender across industries, primarily with energy and extractives companies. She has conducted field work with communities and stakeholders in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. Her human rights project work with the extractives industry includes implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (GPs) and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. She also co-created a tool for companies to assess human rights risks and opportunities aligned with the GPs, and a tool to prioritize community investment opportunities aligned with both company strategy and community needs.
Prior to joining BSR, Alison worked with bilateral and multilateral international development agencies, including the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank, the International Development Research Centre, and NGOs affiliated with the Organization of American States. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Alison holds an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University, and a B.Com. and a B.A. in Global Development Studies from Queen's University.