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25 Jun 2007

Bench Marks Foundation for Southern Africa for Corporate Social Responsibility

[PDF] full report: "The Policy Gap: A review of the corporate social responsibility programmes of the platinum mining industry in the North West Province" [So. Africa]

The research that follows would suggest that corporate social responsibility should extent beyond labour rights and environmental concerns, to include communities directly and indirectly affected by massive corporate operations such as mining... To a large extent the mining companies are already including communities in the ownership of operations, in their health programmes,...and in sharing in the wealth... However, these policy interventions have their own limitations, and...many mining operations still confuse corporate social responsibility with philanthropy... [Sections on Implats (Impala Platinum), Xstrata, Anglo Platinum (part of Anglo American); also refers to Lonplats (Lonmin Platinum, part of Lonmin), African Rainbow Minerals, DRDGold; positive steps by AngloGold, Gold Fields]