Championing the rhetoric: corporate social responsibility in the Ghanaian mining sector
Hilson, G. (2007) Championing the rhetoric: corporate social responsibility in the Ghanaian mining sector. Greener Management International, 53. pp. 43-56. ISSN 0966-9671
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This paper contributes to a growing body of literature that critically examines how mining companies are embracing community development challenges in developing countries, drawing on experiences from Ghana. Despite receiving considerable praise from the donor and industry communities, the actions being taken by Ghana's major mining companies to foster community development are facilitating few improvements in the rural regions where activities take place. Companies are generally implementing community development programmes that are incapable of alleviating rural hardship and are coordinating destructive displacement exercises. The analysis serves as a stark reminder that mining companies are not charities and engage with African countries strictly for commercial purposes.