Who are we?

We believe that business has great potential – a potential that is not often reached, a potential that drives both stakeholder and shareholder returns.

Whether it’s helping to resettle a community in adherence to international best practices or conducting a social impact and risk assessment, we are passionate about what we do because we understand the impact and potential a company can have in a community, in a nation’s economy and in the world.

Our consultancy is a leading choice for companies operating in complex and challenging environments because of our expertise in social issues, our global agility and our proven track record.


Our expertise is spread across these six sectors, and has easy application to many more:

  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Forestry
  • Financial sector due diligence
  • Infrastructure
  • Renewables

Our expertise

We have over 20 areas of core competency, thanks to the many projects we’ve overseen and been a part of over the years. Our knowledge extends to the following and more:

  • Resettlement
  • Community relations management
  • Social impact and risk assessment
  • Stakeholder consultation, analysis and planning 
  • Social baseline studies

Our Clients

what do they say?

  • Caroline Digby
    Synergy brings a wealth of experience to this first ever Africa-focused training for community relations practitioners, both at a strategic level and from a practical on-the-ground perspective.
    Caroline Digby
    Director, Centre for Sustainability in Mining
  • Willie Human
    Over the past seven years, Synergy has provided dedicated support to the Dingleton Resettlement Project. Synergy has a solid risk management approach that delivers significant value to Kumba considering the size and complexity of the project.
    Willie Human
    Senior Project Manager, Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore
  • Nana Magomola

    Synergy demonstrated tremendous commitment and creative thinking when faced with the formidable challenge of enabling community-led sustainable development.

    Nana Magomola
    Chairperson, Lefa La Rona Trust
  • Ramanie Kunanayagam
    BG Group has worked with Synergy for over eight years and values the niche expertise Synergy brings in the areas of social impact, human rights and conflict assessments and management, consultation, community agreements and training.
    Ramanie Kunanayagam
    Group Head, Social Performance & Human Rights, BG Group
  • Eddie Rich
    The Ghana EITI Validation Report produced by Synergy is excellent, concise, clear and insightful.
    Eddie Rich
    Deputy Head, EITI International Secretariat
  • Claire Wallace Jones
    When we've got our next tough project in Africa, Synergy will be our first recall!
    Claire Wallace Jones
    Director Environmental Risk, Barclays Capital Group
  • Dr J. Chris Anderson
    I would very much recommend Paul Kapelus and Synergy for any social responsibility assessments, reviews or field studies – their work is thorough, systematic, fair and objective. Synergy's approach is one of science and data, but I am happy to say they also have a heart!
    Dr J. Chris Anderson
    Director Corporate & External Affairs Africa, Newmont Mining Corporation
  • Paul Schmiede
    Throughout the course of our social impact assessment in the DRC, Synergy continually demonstrated the capability to work with the complex issues and develop practical risk mitigation strategies that satisfy international standards for, amongst others, artisanal and illegal mining, indigenous people, resettlement, managing conflict and stakeholder pressure.
    Paul Schmiede
    Vice President: Operations & Project Development, Moto Goldmines Limited

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