Alongside Taylor Baines Ltd and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Aquaculture Unit, Quigley and Watts has undertaken a programme to bring social and community effects to the forefront of decision making.
The programme has included developing a framework to understand the value of having a job beyond just income (the social value to the person, their family and the community), and preparing a resource on social licence to operate with case studies from forestry, energy and transport.
It has also involved collecting evidence of the social value of aquaculture to the communities of Southland and the top of the South Island. In the past, resource consent applications within the aquaculture sector have largely ignored social effects, so it is hoped this work, which is applicable across the country, will provide a useful base to inform future decision makers.
Quigley & Watts is a finalist in the 2015 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards in the Community Impact category.