I’ve been asked to give a talk on my research at Ryerson University’s Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility on Wednesday which I’m really looking forwards to. Blurb as follows:
Ryerson University’s Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility is pleased to present a talk by Manchester University lecturer Tomas Frederiksen on Mining & CSR in Africa: from Pressure to Impacts. The talk is based on early research findings of Dr. Frederiksen based on work he has done in Zambia and Ghana. This event will take place on Wednesday, October 22 from 12-1:30 pm, in TRS 3-109 (9th floor), in Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management (55 Dundas Street West). The event is co-sponsored by the Ryerson CSR Student Association, the Ryerson Commerce and Government Association, the Ryerson MBA Mining Stream, and the Chang School Mining Management Certificate. There is no admission for this event, but seating is limited, and you must register in advance at http://ryerson-csr-institute-mining-africa-pressureimpact.eventbrite.ca
Dr. Frederiksen suggests that it is becoming a de factor requirement for access to finance that mining companies have in place a credible and comprehenisve CSR programme that demonstrates that the companies can manage the risk and complexity of their operations. In effect, international governance pressures are increasingly pushing mining firms to adopt elaborate CSR strategies which appear to move beyond mere “public relations” CSR approaches. Dr. Frederiksen’s presentation is based on early findings from research on the relationship between these global pressures on mining company behaviour and the effects of this in changing CSR practice in the extractive sector. Centrally, his research seeks to explore what difference these international pressures make for people living near mining operations drawing on initial findings from recent research in Zambia and Ghana.
Time: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Location: Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, ON, Room TRS 3-109, 55 Dundas West, Toronto
Do join us if you can, I think it will be a great discussion.