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Sustainability, corporate community engagement and enterprise development: lessons from a case study in Emu-Ebendo Niger-Delta, Nigeria.

Ajide, Olushola; Strachan, Peter; Russell, Alex; Jones, David R.

Authors

Olushola Ajide

Peter Strachan

Alex Russell

David R. Jones



Abstract

Corporate community engagement remains an under researched area in sustainability debates. Presenting a case study, based on in-depth interviews and site visits, of how one indigenous company Energia Ltd has formed a strong partnership or bond with the Emu-Ebendo community in the oil rich Niger Delta, the dynamics of corporate community engagement are critically discussed. Evidence of how both the company and community has benefited from this relationship is presented. The case analysis concludes that the company has effectively utilised a clearer understanding of the culture of the host community, leading to a transformational relationship. The approach adopted by Energia Ltd in the Emu-Ebendo community is unique in context. The key conclusion reached is that community benefit funds and community enterprise development, as a derivative of corporate engagement, can play a transformational role in societal and economic development.

Citation

AJIDE, O.E., STRACHAN, P.A., RUSSELL, A. and JONES, D.R. 2017. Sustainability, corporate community engagement and enterprise development: lessons from a case study in Emu-Ebendo Niger-Delta, Nigeria. Problemy ekorozwoju: problems of sustainable development [online], 12(2), pages 59-67. Available from: http://ekorozwoj.pol.lublin.pl/n24.htm

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 13, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 26, 2017
Publication Date Jun 30, 2017
Deposit Date Dec 16, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 16, 2016
Journal Problemy ekorozwoju: problems of sustainable development
Print ISSN 1895-6912
Publisher European Academy of Science and Arts
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 2
Pages 59-67
Keywords Community engagement; Community enterprise development; Sustainability; Local content; Niger Delta; Nigeria; Oil and gas
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/2030
Publisher URL http://ekorozwoj.pol.lublin.pl/n24.htm
Additional Information This output is in parallel English and Polish.

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