Community relations and mining: Core to business but not "core business"

Kemp, Deanna and Owen, John R. (2013) Community relations and mining: Core to business but not "core business". Resources Policy, 38 4: 523-531. doi:10.1016/j.resourpol.2013.08.003

Author Kemp, Deanna
Owen, John R.
Title Community relations and mining: Core to business but not "core business"
Journal name Resources Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4207
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.resourpol.2013.08.003
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 38
Issue 4
Start page 523
End page 531
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject 2002 Cultural Studies
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
3308 Law
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract Over the past two decades the global mining industry has witnessed the necessity and emergence of community relations and development (CRD) functions, essentially under the rubric of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). These functions provide companies with mechanisms through which to engage and manage their relationships with key stakeholder groups, share development benefits and protect business interests. Despite widespread claims by the industry that companies have adopted CSR as a 'core competence', we argue that the industry has yet to incorporate the CRD function as part of 'core business' at the level of practice. This article characterises a CRD function and related processes within the context of a large-scale mining operation in West Africa. Findings reflect a more universal trend relating to the function and organisational positioning of CRD practice in the resources sector. The authors argue that functional equity needs to be established if the sustainable development agenda is to have a genuine future within the mining industry.
Keyword Community
Corporate social responsibility
Sustainable development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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