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Social Impact Assessment: A Cornerstone for Corporate Responsibility in Construction Projects

By Disember 18, 2023Disember 19th, 2023No Comments
Social Impact Assessment: A Cornerstone for Corporate Responsibility in Construction Projects

In the dynamic landscape of corporate responsibility, Social Impact Assessment (SIA) stands as a crucial framework for the analysis, monitoring, and management of the intended and unintended social consequences of planned interventions.

Further explained by TPR Herlina, President of the Malaysian Association of Social Impact Assessment (MSIA) during the ICTC 2023 held in MITEC, Kuala Lumpur, in conjunction with ICW 2023, these interventions, which include policies, programmes, plans, and projects, can significantly influence the social fabric. The objectives of SIA encompass a comprehensive understanding of the impact on people, identification and mitigation of adverse effects, enhancement of benefits, and effective management of social change processes.

Spanning the entire construction project cycle, SIA unfolds as a multi-step process, ensuring thorough consideration of social impacts:

  • Screening: Identifying potential impacts early in the project cycle.
  • Scoping: Defining the boundaries and focus areas of the assessment.
  • Data Collection and Analysis: Gathering and analysing relevant data for informed decision-making.
  • Impact Prediction and Assessment: Evaluating potential social consequences, both positive and negative.
  • Refining Project Design and Options: Adjusting the project to maximise positive impacts and minimise negatives.
  • Mitigation Measures: Implementing strategies to reduce or eliminate adverse effects.
  • Social Impact Management Plan: Developing a comprehensive plan for managing social impacts.
  • Monitoring: Continuously tracking and assessing the social performance of the project.
  • Auditing: Periodic reviews to ensure compliance and effectiveness.

She added that the importance of SIA in the construction community will reflect the utmost commitment to responsible, sustainable community and construction practices, ensuring the projects contribute positively from all angles.

Notably, SIA safeguards community well-being by ensuring local interests are paramount in project planning and execution, fostering positive community relations. Anticipating and mitigating potential disruptions, such as noise, traffic, and environmental concerns, contributes to construction projects’ overall success and acceptance.

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