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The perils of CSR: Conflict and resistance in the extractive industries

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There are more than 800 ongoing conflicts involving the extractive industries (mining, gas and oil) and communities impacted by extractive activity. Most of these conflicts are in the developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Extractives industries promote their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) as ways to minimize conflicts.

However, despite flaunting their impressive CSR credentials multinational corporations find themselves in conflict with the communities in which they operate because of the negative social and environmental impacts of mining and extraction.

Bobby Banerjee provides a critical analysis of these conflicts and offers a community based framework that can enable a more progressive approach to the governance of natural resource extraction. Sophia Pickles will provide a campaigning perspective.

The presentations will be followed by a discussion and then a networking reception with wine and snacks.

Bobby Banerjee is Associate Dean of Research and Enterprise at Cass Business School, City University of London. He was Director of the Executive PhD program at Cass from 2014 to 2019. His research interests are in the areas of corporate social responsibility, sustainability, climate change, resistance movements and Indigenous ecology.

Sophia Pickles is the campaign leader and supply chain investigator at the international NGO Global Witness. Her research focuses on the relationship between natural resource production and trade, and conflict, corruption and human rights abuses across the globe. Sophia has spent almost a decade working with civil society, governments and industry in the Great Lakes region of Africa, as well as globally, to develop and oversee responsible implementation of supply chain due diligence standards for companies that buy and trade minerals. She does regular research along mineral supply chains, including fieldwork in mining areas. She has worked in, and covered, the Democratic Republic Congo since 2005. Sophia has an MA in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA(hons) from Durham University. She is currently completing an MSc in Sustainable Food and Natural Resources at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales.

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