Measuring the social license to operate for ports

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This project concerns the assessment and evaluation of currently used instruments, tools and indicators to measure the relationship between port managing bodies and their stakeholders, with a focus on local community stakeholders. The research aims to gain a deeper insight into the what, how and why of the current use (or non-use) of these instruments and indicators, and the characteristics of the instruments and indicators themselves. The ultimate objective is to develop a common instrument applicable for a large number of port managing bodies, based on the descriptive and analytical research performed, as well as interaction with the industry. The tangible objectives of this project include expanding the sample from 32 to at least 100 ports in order to allow both quantitative research through coding as well as solid content analysis as well as make linkages to the practice of sustainability reporting.