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Elusive partnerships: gas extraction and CSR in Bangladesh

Gardner, Katy, Ahmed, Zahir, Bashir, Fatema and Rana, Masud (2012) Elusive partnerships: gas extraction and CSR in Bangladesh. Resources Policy, 37 (2). pp. 168-174. ISSN 0301-4207

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2012.01.001

Abstract

This paper examines Chevron's programme of CSR at a gas field in Bangladesh. Whilst apparently building partnerships in the villages that surround the Bibiyana Gas Field, we suggest that the corporation remains detached from the local population via their community development programmes and employment policies. This contradiction is submerged by ideas and practices within global development discourse which celebrate the disconnection and disengagement of donors via the rhetoric of sustainability. Chiming with development praxis and the neo-liberal values which underscore it by stressing self-reliance, entrepreneurship and ‘helping people to help themselves’, the corporation's Community Engagement Programme does little to meet the demands of local people who hoped for employment and long term investment, a form of connection that is discordant to discourses of self-reliance and sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/resources-policy/
Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
JEL classification: L - Industrial Organization > L7 - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction > L71 - Mining, Extraction, and Refining: Hydrocarbon Fuels
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M1 - Business Administration > M14 - Corporate Culture; Social Responsibility
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q3 - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation > Q32 - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2013 08:25
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 01:37
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/52763

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