Costs of Company-Community Conflict in the Extractive Sector

Stakeholder-related risks in the extractive sector have risen rapidly over the last two decades. Time and again, companies have experienced how negative environmental impacts - such as a spill from a tailings dam - can generate significant negative social impacts as well, for example on local community health and livelihoods. Local communities' reactions to these impacts can quickly escalate from complaints to protests and road blockades, raising the risks of the company or its security providers using heavy handed tactics that can lead to even more serious impacts, such as injury or even deaths. This all too- familiar situation has significant costs - for the community of course, but also for extractive companies themselves.

Publisher: Harvard Kennedy School CSR Initiative

Region: Global

Type: Report

CITATION

Davis, Rachel and Daniel M. Franks. 2014.

Costs of Company-Community Conflict in the Extractive Sector
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