Business Sector

WRI's team of analysts and associates work with national and regional businesses to understanding the business impacts, and provide deep insight into market, employment and strategic trends.

A sample of our recent work is set out below.

Community Sentiment and Business Impact

Newcrest is the largest gold producer listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and one of the world's largest gold mining companies.  In 2013, Newcrest commissioned WRI to undertake a study on the social, economic and community contribution of its Cadia Mine operations to the Central West NSW economy. Newcrest wanted a detailed picture of the mine’s lifecycle to inform strategies to manage the operations of the mine to leave a lasting legacy for the community.  The study involved WRI completing a detailed economic impact study, as well as community surveys and consultations.

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Business Council of Australia

A desktop research program was combined with targeted key stakeholder one on one interviews to establish the economic conditions and likely future for Darwin. 

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Industry Restructuring

Electrolux is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of household and professional appliances, employing over 52,000 staff worldwide and generating revenues of US$12 billion.  Following the strategic business decision to relocate Electrolux’s manufacturing facilities from Orange, the local council commissioned WRI with the support of Electrolux to undertake an analysis to quantify the impact on economic and employment activity in the region, and to inform the development of effective adjustment programs to better target Government funding.

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Social Impact Analysis

Housing Plus commissioned WRI to provide an assessment of the social impact of affordable housing in regional areas. WRI assisted in designing an ongoing consultation process for the developer to consider in future developments to monitor the social impact of their projects.  This research contributed to a successful development application approval.