The findings of research into the diamond mining industry published by the Bench Marks Foundation, has painted a gloomy picture of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance of the industry in the west coast region.
John Capel, CEO of the Bench Marks Foundation, a church-backed organisation monitoring corporate performance, says the findings contradict mining companies’ claims of success in CSR.
Capel points out that, “Except for the Richtersveld community and to a lesser extent the people of Steinkopf, most communities on the west coast do not benefit much from the CSR programmes.
Capel further says that the implementation and monitoring of mining policies also seem to be problematic, adding that serious environmental and social problems exist throughout the region.
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