The Evolving Role of CSR in International Development: Evidence from Canadian Extractive Companies’ Involvement in Community Health Initiatives in Low-Income Countries

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/618935
Title:
The Evolving Role of CSR in International Development: Evidence from Canadian Extractive Companies’ Involvement in Community Health Initiatives in Low-Income Countries
Authors:
Lamb, S; Jennings, J; Calain, P
Journal:
The Extractive Industries and Society
Abstract:
Overseas development agencies and international finance organisations view the exploitation of minerals as a strategy for alleviating poverty in low-income countries. However, for local communities that are directly affected by extractive industry projects, economic and social benefits often fail to materialise. By engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), transnational companies operating in the extractive industries ‘space’ verbally commit to preventing environmental impacts and providing health services in low-income countries. However, the actual impacts of CSR initiatives can be difficult to assess. We help to bridge this gap by analysing the reach of health-related CSR activities financed by Canadian mining companies in the low-income countries where they operate. We found that in 2015, only 27 of 102 Canadian companies disclosed information on their websites concerning health-related CSR activities for impacted communities. Furthermore, for these 27 companies, there is very little evidence that alleged CSR activities may substantially contribute to the provision of comprehensive health services or more broadly to the sustainable development of the health sector.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Issue Date:
31-May-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/618935
DOI:
10.1016/j.exis.2017.05.011
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S2214790X17300539
Submitted date:
2017-06-13
Language:
en
ISSN:
2214790X
Appears in Collections:
Environmental Health

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLamb, Sen
dc.contributor.authorJennings, Jen
dc.contributor.authorCalain, Pen
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-21T14:00:36Z-
dc.date.available2017-06-21T14:00:36Z-
dc.date.issued2017-05-31-
dc.date.submitted2017-06-13-
dc.identifier.citationThe Evolving Role of CSR in International Development: Evidence from Canadian Extractive Companies’ Involvement in Community Health Initiatives in Low-Income Countries. 2017 The Extractive Industries and Societyen
dc.identifier.issn2214790X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.exis.2017.05.011-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/618935-
dc.description.abstractOverseas development agencies and international finance organisations view the exploitation of minerals as a strategy for alleviating poverty in low-income countries. However, for local communities that are directly affected by extractive industry projects, economic and social benefits often fail to materialise. By engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), transnational companies operating in the extractive industries ‘space’ verbally commit to preventing environmental impacts and providing health services in low-income countries. However, the actual impacts of CSR initiatives can be difficult to assess. We help to bridge this gap by analysing the reach of health-related CSR activities financed by Canadian mining companies in the low-income countries where they operate. We found that in 2015, only 27 of 102 Canadian companies disclosed information on their websites concerning health-related CSR activities for impacted communities. Furthermore, for these 27 companies, there is very little evidence that alleged CSR activities may substantially contribute to the provision of comprehensive health services or more broadly to the sustainable development of the health sector.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S2214790X17300539en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The Extractive Industries and Societyen
dc.titleThe Evolving Role of CSR in International Development: Evidence from Canadian Extractive Companies’ Involvement in Community Health Initiatives in Low-Income Countriesen
dc.identifier.journalThe Extractive Industries and Societyen
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