OUR FIRM

North Star Group is a homegrown Alaska consulting firm specialized in social performance, community engagement, and sustainable development. Our team of dedicated professionals finds local solutions and creates global connections while continuously promoting our philosophy of collaboration. We develop comprehensive strategies for our clients, allowing them to successfully navigate complex governance systems and achieve results.

Issue Management & Local Solutions. We work closely with clients to determine the right structure and strategy for community problem solving, ranging from small community discussions to national conferences. Our team is experienced in developing communication plans that connect with people in diverse and unique ways.

Social Performance & Community Sustainability. Our team assists in comprehensive strategy development that balances respect for Indigenous Peoples and their traditions with economic development and infrastructure needs in the community. We have the experience needed to advise companies and institutions on developing collaborative relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders. In addition to the official and legally required authorizations that resource extraction companies and other businesses must obtain, we can assist with securing social licenses to operate.

Strategy & Business Development. We offer a depth of business expertise to companies, organizations, and tribal entities. Our team helps clients form respectful, mutually supportive relationships founded in collaboration, engagement, and participation. Whether the client is a multinational corporation or a rural village, we emphasize a process of dialogue and relationship-building that brings enduring success to our diverse clientele.

OUR CLIENTS AND PROJECTS

CAFF Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Arctic Mining (MBAM)

Collaborative engagement is a cornerstone of North Star Group’s ongoing work with the Arctic Council’s Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group. CAFF’s Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Arctic Mining Initiative aims to establish a long-term relationship with the mining sector and other key stakeholders to develop a strategy to advance biodiversity conservation efforts in the Arctic. Mining and other extractive activities are key economic drivers in the Arctic, and with continued global interest and investment in mining, the industry’s practices have a significant impact on the continued prosperity and sustainability of the Arctic environment. By building connections and facilitating open dialogue with industry leaders, government agencies, local communities, and Arctic Indigenous Peoples, CAFF aims to gain a better understanding of current and future mining activities and to support common biodiversity goals.

Creating Dialogue and Open Collaboration

Drawing on our expertise in community engagement and sustainable development, North Star Group worked with CAFF to facilitate a series of open dialogue events to bring together key representatives from government agencies and the mining industry. In 2018 and 2019, North Star Group helped CAFF design and host workshops in Alaska and Finland to explore industry efforts to protect the environment through mitigation and biodiversity conservation measures.

Using the information gathered from these workshops, CAFF published a report in May 2019 that identifies key challenges and possible solutions for incorporating biodiversity considerations into mining operations in the Arctic. North Star Group continues to collaborate with CAFF to implement the recommendations outlined in the report.

Continued Cooperation for Common Goals

We believe that open and inclusive dialogue is crucial to sustainable development and biodiversity conservation in the Arctic. North Star Group continues to support collaboration between CAFF and the mining industry in order to build relationships and increase collaborative actions that benefit both Arctic biodiversity and mining interests.

OUR FIRM

North Star Group is a homegrown Alaska consulting firm specialized in social performance, community engagement, and sustainable development. Our team of dedicated professionals finds local solutions and creates global connections while continuously promoting our philosophy of collaboration. We develop comprehensive strategies for our clients, allowing them to successfully navigate complex governance systems and achieve results.

Issue Management & Local Solutions. We work closely with clients to determine the right structure and strategy for community problem solving, ranging from small community discussions to national conferences. Our team is experienced in developing communication plans that connect with people in diverse and unique ways.

Social Performance & Community Sustainability. Our team assists in comprehensive strategy development that balances respect for Indigenous Peoples and their traditions with economic development and infrastructure needs in the community. We have the experience needed to advise companies and institutions on developing collaborative relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders. In addition to the official and legally required authorizations that resource extraction companies and other businesses must obtain, we can assist with securing social licenses to operate.

Strategy & Business Development. We offer a depth of business expertise to companies, organizations, and tribal entities. Our team helps clients form respectful, mutually supportive relationships founded in collaboration, engagement, and participation. Whether the client is a multinational corporation or a rural village, we emphasize a process of dialogue and relationship-building that brings enduring success to our diverse clientele.