Pauline Toutain
Senior Associate
France-based. SIA and engagement specialist (former senior consultant ERM and advisor to Rio Tinto’s Simandou mining project).

Pauline has over 15 years’ experience in social management in the extractive and infrastructure sectors. She focuses on helping companies attain and maintain their social licence to operate. Pauline specialises in stakeholder engagement, SIA, safeguards compliance and in training on social issues. She has also been working on labour and working conditions and related influx management issues in the oil and gas and mining sectors.

Pauline works both on the ground with community teams to develop and implement stakeholder engagement programmes, and at headquarters, to develop skills and competencies in community relations issues. She led, inter alia, the conception, preparation, and implementation of the stakeholder engagement strategy and programme of Rio Tinto’s Simandou Iron Ore Project’s SEIA in Guinea, West Africa. At corporate level, Pauline developed and delivered training courses on stakeholder engagement and on social impact assessments to reinforce the capabilities and skills of community relations professionals.

She has carried out social baselines and social risk reviews in relation to worker camps for a major oil and gas projects in Central Asia and other locations. She has working in the energy and mineral resources sector, mainly in francophone sub-Saharan African countries. She has also prepared social management plans, carried out social due diligence against international standards (IFC Performance Standards) and worked on resettlement frameworks and action plans. She is based in France and has a MA in International Risk Management from HEC Business School, Paris, and a MA in Political Science and International Relations from the Sorbonne.

Areas of Expertise
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Social Audits and Due Diligence
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Compliance with IFC PS and Equator Principles
  • Labor and Working Conditions