Corporate Sustainability and Indigenous Community Engagement in the Extractive Industry

The objective of this paper is to explore the initiatives for community engagement with indigenous people implemented by extractive organizations and their possible alignment with the integrative framework of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. A qualitative study based on 33 semi-directed interviews with practitioners and experts in managing relationships with indigenous communities shows the interconnectedness of the requirements of these communities with the main priorities of the 2030 Agenda. Our findings shed more light on the complexity, uncertainties, and risks associated with collaborating with unconventional stakeholders who play an increasingly important role, for example attaining a social licence to operate for extractive activities. They also show the critical importance of issues that tend to be neglected in corporate sustainability and the need to align organizational commitments with global priorities in sustainable development objectives. Contributions to the literature and avenues for future research are described in the discussion.

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Categories: Community Engagement Practices
Author: Inaki Heras-Saizarbitoria, Marie Christine Brotherton, Olivier Boiral