Gender Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility in Mining Communities: A Case Study of Newmont’s Akyem Mine
Keywords:Gender, Corporate Social Responsibility, Mining, Participatory Communication, Stakeholder Engagement
Despite extensive research on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a lot of literature on CSR tends to focus on organisations and not on the recipients of these CSR gestures. This study is therefore a deviation from what has always been the norm. This study examines local communities’ perspectives of Newmont Ghana’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices, particularly focusing on perspectives from women living close to Newmont’s Akyem Mine. Using the case study research design, both semi-structured and unstructured interviews were conducted to elicit responses from participants who live in the worst affected communities of the study area. The study found that, there was disregard for the input of women which could be explained by the traditional land tenure system,
where men are the custodians of land in the family and women do not really own land. It also emerged that women’s access to jobs and officials of Newmont Gold Ghana was limited. The study concludes that Newmont and other mining companies, in addition to resorting to the established power arrangements in communities, should use other communication and power networks when
engaging mining communities. The study has useful implications for CSR policy formulation and practice. Results from the study will help management and other policy makers of organisations incorporate gender concerns in the formulation and implementation of CSR policies.
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