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CSR practice in the DRC’s mining sector by Chinese firms

1 February 2010

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CSR practice in the DRC’s mining sector by Chinese firms

This policy brief focuses solely on the behaviours and statistics of Chinese actors’ mineral processing and trading in the Congo. The paper differentiates between state-led, large scale investment financed by the China Export-Import (EXIM) Bank and private investment by smaller enterprises. The paper argues it is the private small organisations that commit illegal and harmful activities against local populations and environment. The author puts this down to language and cultural differences, corruption provoking wariness of appropriate engagement and limiting costs. The paper also interestingly points out that the pervasiveness of CSR in the business environment in China is very different to that in the UK or US. The paper then makes a series of recommendations to solve the obstacles, including recruiting Congolese students who had attended Chinese universities to bridge cultural and language gaps and engaging the Chinese embassy.


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