How to engage your stakeholders for successful outcomes: a series of training programmes by astoneco
09 June 2015

astoneco launched a series of stakeholder engagement trainings designed to address the most difficult stakeholder and societal challenges presented to businesses today – with a particular focus on natural resource, infrastructure and energy sectors. The 14 trainings are highly practical and designed to support different levels of management, going from strategy to process to implementation.

These trainings are organised as:

  • boot-camps on a first-come-first-served basis, at our training centres in Europe, and
  • tailored trainings for specific clients, at a venue provided by our client or at our training centres.

All trainings include a thorough needs assessment stage and the option of post-training coaching.


A recent example of a tailored training programme for OMV, Austria

astoneco, in partnership with IMA International, delivered a tailored Stakeholder Engagement (SE), Community Relations (CR) and Community Development (CD) training programme for OMV worldwide, at the end of 2014.

The 4-day course focused on equipping management and operational teams from OMV country operations – incl. Abu Dhabi, Austria, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Romania, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Yemen, UK – with the understanding, tools and processes to be able to design and implement projects in effective partnership with local communities. This was undertaken to minimise local conflict and downtime, improve efficiencies and permitting and to strengthen the company’s social license to operate.

The trainings were organised in Bucharest and Dubai. 65 OMV professionals participated, including representatives of General Management, Health, Environment & Safety, CSR, HR, Communication, Project Development and Operations departments of OMV’s Exploration and Production Divisions.

John Aston and Alan Knight launched Smart Engagement: Why, What, Who and How
09 July 2014

John Aston and Alan Knight launched this week the book Smart Engagement Why, What, Who and How through their publishing partner DoSustainability in Oxford.

The book condenses years of international experience and best practice for people who make or participate in making decisions in their organisations, including management and boards and related stakeholders. The authors accompany the reader on their journey to integrate Smart Engagement into the planning, execution and management of the decisions and activities required to run their organisation successfully; this includes delivering outcomes that are not only financially and technically successful but also publically and environmentally acceptable and sustainable. 

Smart Engagement is a step on the road to Smart Business. Smart businesses in the 21st century are those that are best at adapting to changing societal concerns, expectations, risks and opportunities and that know how to generate sustainable outcomes. Engaging stakeholders in a smart way is fundamental to achieving this,” said John Aston, one of the book’s authors and managing director of astoneco management.

Smart Engagement Why, What, Who and How is part of the DōShorts Sustainable Business Collection -- 90-minute expert reads for professionals. The book is available in both hard copy and eBook format. To buy the book or read a free excerpt, click here.


Upcoming presentation at A4ID Law and Development Training Course in the UK
17 March 2014

astoneco's managing director John Aston will be speaking as part of the annual Advocates for International Development (A4ID) Law and Development Training Course, in London, on Saturday 5th April 2014.

John's presentation will be part of the module on Climate Change and Security, and will focus on Smart Business and Sustainable Development. Specifically, it will discuss the importance of business sustainability and the link between business and development in the public, private and civil society sectors with reference to astoneco projects past and present.

The only course of its kind in the UK, A4ID’s annual Law and International Development training programme explores the crucial role that law plays in underpinning the international development agenda and in promoting responsible business practice.

Seminars and workshops are delivered by leading academics, development professionals and practising lawyers to help participants understand how the law can secure, or be a barrier to, sustainable development. 

For more information about A4ID and the training course, please visit