Inclusive community consultation – lessons for avoidance and resolution of conflict

Author: Rikke Netterstrom, CSR Asia, Published on: 14 August 2013

Until recently, companies in the region with the need for land acquisition and expansion would rely solely on compliance with existing legal frameworks and land permits. However, legal frameworks are often inadequate and fail to appropriately balance the need for economic growth and prosperity for the country at large with the rights of communities directly affected by development. As increased awareness of land rights has come to the fore, and as civil society has strengthened, conflicts and legal cases has proliferated, and it has become clear that direct interaction with communities is highly important to avoid operational delays, reputational damage and ultimately a loss of the license to operate. [refers to REA Holdings, New Britain Palm Oil]

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Related companies: REA Holdings