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Corporate Social Responsibility at African mines: Linking the past to the present

Hilson, A., Hilson, G., Dauda, S. (2019) Corporate Social Responsibility at African mines: Linking the past to the present. Journal of Environmental Management, 241 . pp. 340-352. ISSN 0301-4797. (doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.03.121) (KAR id:80595)

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This paper traces the origins of the 'brand' of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)employed at large-scale mines across sub-Saharan Africa. Conceived within fortified resource enclaves, the policies adopted and actions taken in the area of CSR at many of the region's large-scale mines today have had had minimal effect on community wellbeing. Further examination reveals that contemporary CSR strategy in the region's mining sector is often a 'repackaging' and 'rebranding' of moves made by major operators during the colonial period and early years of country independence to pacify and engage local communities. Today, this work is being championed as CSR but failing to deliver much change, its impact minimized by the economic and political forces at work in an era of globalization, during which extractive industry enclaves that are disconnected from local economies have been able to flourish. As case study of Ghana, long one of the largest gold mining economies in sub-Saharan Africa, is used to illustrate these points. © 2019

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.03.121
Uncontrolled keywords: gold, corporate social responsibility; economic conditions; globalization; gold mine; mining industry; resource use, Angola; Article; Botswana; community; corporate social responsibility; economic aspect; economic development; employment; environmental policy; Ghana; human; Kenya; Lesotho; mining; Mozambique; Namibia; political system; salary; social responsibility; Swaziland; Tanzania; workforce; Zambia; Zimbabwe; Ghana; industry; policy, Ghana; Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana; Industry; Mining; Policy; Social Responsibility
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Tracey Pemble
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2020 14:01 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 21:34 UTC
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