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Enclave development and ‘offshore corporate social responsibility’: Implications for oil-rich sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Ackah-Baidoo, Abigail
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    This paper critically reflects on the challenges of engaging, proactively, in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in oil-rich sub-Saharan Africa. Most of the region's oil production takes place in enclave-type environments offshore and in countries ruled by autocratic governments which generally exert minimal pressure on companies to embrace CSR. With companies having little sense of who to target in their local economic development policies and programs, there is always a possibility of ‘offshore CSR’ – recognized here as potentially-effective ideas for improving social welfare that linger within the enclave and never fully materialize – surfacing. The aim is to conceptualize and broaden understanding of the challenge of developing CSR programs in these settings, where there are no clear linkages to communities or local economies more generally.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Resources Policy.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 152-159

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jrpoli:v:37:y:2012:i:2:p:152-159

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    Keywords: Enclave; 'Offshore corporate social responsibility'; Sub-Saharan Africa; Oil; Multinational corporations;

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