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QL2.1 ADVANCE EQUITY &

QL2.1 ADVANCE EQUITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE INTENT: Ensure that equity and social justice are fundamental considerations within all project processes and decision-making. METRIC Degree to which equity and social justice are included in stakeholder engagement, project team commitments, and decision-making. LEVELS OF ACHIEVEMENT IMPROVED ENHANCED SUPERIOR CONSERVING RESTORATIVE (3) Understanding Equity (6) Mitigation (13) Empowerment (20) Equitable Access to to (24) Equitable Futures Benefits (A) Stakeholder engagement is is conducted (A) Stakeholder early and engagement informed by the is historic (A) context Stakeholder of equity engagement and social is justice. (A) Stakeholder engagement is (A) Stakeholder engagement is conducted Projects respect early and the informed autonomy by and authority conducted of early indigenous and informed communities. by conducted early and informed by conducted early and informed by conducted early and informed by the historic context of equity and the historic context of equity and the historic context of equity and the historic context of equity and the historic context of equity and social (B) A social justice. risk and impact assessment social is conducted justice. including mapping impacts social justice. and benefits across local communities. social justice. social justice. Projects (C) Key members respect the of autonomy the project and team Projects make institutional respect the commitments autonomy and to equity Projects and respect social justice the autonomy including: and nondiscrimination; Projects respect diversity the autonomy and inclusion; and Projects and pay respect equity. the autonomy and authority of indigenous authority Large-scale of indigenous projects make targeted and authority project of specific indigenous commitments. authority of indigenous authority of indigenous communities. communities. communities. communities. communities. (D) Based on the social impact assessment the project addresses impacts following a mitigation hierarchy. Mitigation strategies are informed by (B) A social risk and impact (B) stakeholder A social risk consultation and impact and participation. (B) A social risk and impact (B) A social risk and impact (B) A social risk and impact assessment is conducted including assessment is conducted including assessment is conducted including assessment is conducted including assessment is conducted including mapping impacts and benefits mapping impacts and benefits mapping (E) The project impacts empowers and benefits communities mapping to engage impacts in the and development benefits process. mapping Qualified impacts professionals and benefits across local communities. across local communities. across identify local unconscious communities. biases and barriers across to local inclusion. communities. Programs target higher across rates local of engagement, communities. and include transparent grievance mechanisms to facilitate resolutions. (C) Key members of the project (C) Key members of the project (C) Key members of the project (C) Key members of the project (C) Key members of the project team make institutional team make institutional team make institutional team (F) The make social, institutional economic, and environmental team make benefits institutional and impacts of commitments to equity and social commitments to equity and social commitments to equity and social commitments the project are to shown equity to and not social disproportionately commitments favor to equity or disfavor and social any justice including: non- justice including: non- justice including: non- justice community. including: non- justice including: nondiscrimination; diversity and discrimination; diversity and discrimination; diversity and discrimination; diversity and discrimination; (G) The project diversity positively and inclusion; and pay equity. inclusion; and pay equity. inclusion; and pay equity. inclusion; and pay equity. inclusion; addresses and or pay corrects equity. an existing Large-scale projects make targeted and project specific commitments. Large-scale projects make targeted and project specific commitments. Large-scale projects make targeted and project specific commitments. Large-scale or historic injustice projects or make imbalance. targeted and project specific commitments. DESCRIPTION (D) Based on the social impact assessment the project addresses impacts following a mitigation hierarchy. Mitigation strategies are informed by stakeholder consultation and participation. While they may provide significant benefits, both public and private infrastructure also has the potential to create significant burdens on communities. Infrastructure is considered a global pillar of economic development and as such often operates under governmental regulations but also with governmental authority. There is an obligation to ensure the decisions made in infrastructure project delivery are made with equitable consideration of all community impacts both positive and negative. Measures must be taken to ensure that one community does not disproportionately receive the benefits of infrastructure services while another disproportionately receives the burden. When there is resistance to the placement of infrastructure within a region due to potential or perceived negative impacts, it is often those communities least able or least empowered to voice their concerns that eventually receive the burden. Project teams and infrastructure owners should carefully guard against following this path of least resistance. By holding projects to a higher standard of stakeholder engagement owners and project teams can earn what is termed the social license to operate. Social license to operate is the acceptance (beyond regulations) of the local community and stakeholders. This unofficial license developed (D) Based on the social impact assessment the project addresses impacts following a mitigation hierarchy. Mitigation strategies are informed by stakeholder consultation and participation. (E) The project empowers communities to engage in the development process. Qualified professionals identify unconscious biases and barriers to inclusion. Programs target higher rates of engagement, and include transparent grievance mechanisms to facilitate resolutions. (D) Based on the social impact assessment the project addresses impacts following a mitigation hierarchy. Mitigation strategies are informed by stakeholder consultation and participation. (E) The project empowers communities to engage in the development process. Qualified professionals identify unconscious biases and barriers to inclusion. Programs target higher rates of engagement, and include transparent grievance mechanisms to facilitate resolutions. (D) Based on the social impact assessment the project addresses impacts following a mitigation hierarchy. Mitigation strategies are informed by stakeholder consultation and participation. from mutual respect builds good will and trust that will speed projects and smooth the way for future projects. Conflicts that arise in project delivery can often be traced to misinformation and distrust. Project teams that invest in understanding and addressing the history of social injustice in the context of the project can combat this mistrust and gain a significant benefit. (E) The project empowers communities to engage in the development process. Qualified professionals identify unconscious biases and barriers to inclusion. Programs target higher rates of engagement, and include transparent grievance mechanisms to facilitate resolutions. Project teams should consider how overall community resilience is directly impacted by social cohesion within the community. Social conflict is a stressor that leaves communities vulnerable and more at risk during an emergency event. Equitable and just systems of infrastructure development are opportunities to strengthen social cohesion, raise awareness, and further develop the social support systems that increase resilience. (F) The social, economic, and (F) The social, economic, and environmental benefits and impacts environmental benefits and impacts of the project are shown to not of the project are shown to not disproportionately favor or disfavor disproportionately favor or disfavor any community. any community. Equity and social justice is rooted in mutual respect. This is of particular concern when projects cross social or political (G) The project boundaries positively and are international in nature; impacting autonomous addresses or semi-autonomous or corrects an existing nations. or historic injustice or imbalance. This specifically includes but is not limited to First Nations, sovereign tribes, indigenous peoples, aboriginal peoples, or native populations. © 2017 ISI, Inc. 22

EVALUATION CRITERIA AND DOCUMENTATION GUIDANCE A. Has the project team conducted a social risk and impact assessment? 1. Documentation of a social risk and impact assessment that specifically includes equity and social justice. The assessment may be part of a larger environmental and social risk and impact assessment. The scope and level of effort of the process is relative to the type, scale, and location of the project (e.g. proximity to population centers). 2. The assessment should include: a. Direct Direct impacts of of the the project and and associated activities. b. b. Impacts Impacts from from independent independent secondary secondary development development or or actions actions that that may may occur occur as as a a result result of of the the project. project. c. Indirect impacts on resources or services important to the local community. c. Indirect impacts on resources or services important to the local community. 3. The social context of the project regarding affected communities should consider, but may expand upon: demographic data, gender equality, 3. The social context of the project regarding affected communities should consider, but may expand upon: demographic data, gender equality, health data, income rate, education, and level of historic infrastructure investment. health data, income rate, education, and level of historic infrastructure investment. B. Does the stakeholder engagement process take into account the historic context of equity and social justice within affected B. Does the stakeholder engagement process take into account the historic context of equity and social justice within affected communities? communities? 1. Documentation demonstrating an understanding of the historic context of equity and social justice within the affected communities. 1. Documentation demonstrating an understanding of the historic context of equity and social justice within the affected communities. 2. Documentation of how the equity and social justice context informed the stakeholder engagement process. 2. Documentation of how the equity and social justice context informed the stakeholder engagement process. 3. In cases where the project impacts sovereign peoples, especially indigenous peoples, documentation of how the process specifically addressed 3. In cases where the project impacts sovereign peoples, especially indigenous peoples, documentation of how the process specifically addressed and prioritized engagement of these stakeholders. and prioritized engagement of these stakeholders. C. Have key members of the project team made commitments to equity and social justice within their organizations? C. Have key members of the project team made commitments to equity and social justice within their organizations? 1. Documentation of corporate/ organizational policies and commitments concerning equity and social justice. This should include but is not limited to: 1. Documentation of corporate/ organizational policies and commitments concerning equity and social justice. This should include but is not limited to: a. Pay equity b. Gender equality c. Non-discrimination 2. a. In Pay cases equity where the project may have notable social impacts (e.g. a new road going through a community) documentation of project-specific commitments to addressing equity and social justice. b. Gender equality D. Has c. Non-discrimination the project addressed social impacts following a mitigation hierarchy? 2. In cases where the project may have notable social impacts (e.g. a new road going through a community) documentation of project-specific 1. Documentation of a management program(s) to address equity and social justice impacts identified in the social impact assessment. commitments to addressing equity and social justice. 2. Documentation of specific decisions, programs, strategies, etc. that were implemented to address social impacts. D. 3. Has Documentation the project of addressed how impacts social and mitigation impacts following strategies a were mitigation prioritized: hierarchy? avoidance, minimization, restoration, and compensation. 1. Documentation of a management program(s) to address equity and social justice impacts identified in the social impact assessment. E. Has the project team empowered communities to engage in the development process? 2. Documentation of specific decisions, programs, strategies, etc. that were implemented to address social impacts. 1. Documentation that qualified professionals were used to identify, analyze, and address barriers to inclusion in the stakeholder engagement process. 3. Documentation of how impacts and mitigation strategies were prioritized: avoidance, minimization, restoration, and compensation. 2. Documentation of how the project specifically targeted underrepresented communities and targeted higher rates of participation and/ or inclusion. E. Has the project team empowered communities to engage in the development process? F. Will the impacts and benefits of the project be distributed equitably throughout affected communities? 1. Documentation that qualified professionals were used to identify, analyze, and address barriers to inclusion in the stakeholder engagement 1. process. Documentation of how the project does not overly burden one or more communities with risk or negative impacts while other communities receive the majority of project benefits. 2. Documentation of how the project specifically targeted underrepresented communities and targeted higher rates of participation and/ or inclusion. 2. Maps showing the key demographic data identified in the social impact assessment overlaid with areas likely to receive benefits or impacts of the project. F. Will the impacts and benefits of the project be distributed equitably throughout affected communities? G. Does the project positively address or correct an existing or historic injustice or imbalance? 1. Documentation of how the project does not overly burden one or more communities with risk or negative impacts while other communities receive 1. the Documentation majority of project that the benefits. project positively addressed or corrected an existing or historic injustice or imbalance. This may include, but is not limited, to: 2. Maps a. The showing provision the or key improvement demographic of data infrastructure identified services in the social to historically impact assessment underserved overlaid communities. with areas likely to receive benefits or impacts of the project. b. The removal of existing infrastructure that historically divided or created barriers within a community. c. Addressing historic inequality where one community was disproportionately burdened with negative infrastructure impacts while not receiving the benefits. d. Addressing historic socioeconomic trends in infrastructure design, development, and operation related to inclusion. © 2017 ISI, Inc. 23

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