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RAMR2D > Scholars > GNAN KOUASSI Benjamin Junior

Targeted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) :

  • ODD 12 Responsible consumption and production (sustainable mining industry)
  • ODD 15 Life on Earth (environmental protection)
  • ODD 16 Peace, justice and effective institutions (avoidance of community mining conflicts at local, national or continental level)
RAMR2D > Scholars > GNAN KOUASSI Benjamin Junior

Thesis project title:
Sociology of the operationalization of CSR in the relationship of mining companies to the environment and local communities in Côte d'Ivoire: a comparative study with Guinea and Niger.

Summary of the scientific project:

The aim of this thesis is to characterize the social representations of multinational gold mining companies with regard to CSR, and their relationship with local communities and their environment.
The aim is to describe the processes involved in translating the principles of the CSR approach into a number of Ivorian territories, in order to put into perspective both the constraints encountered by the companies and the demands of the populations affected, so as to delimit the factors facilitating the operationalization of the approach in the sense of taking better account of environmental issues and the needs of local communities.

Ultimately, this project will contribute on the one hand to a better introduction of the ecological imperative and social concerns into mining activity. Secondly, the Africa Mining CSR project will provide economic and political players with the keys to understanding and interacting with mining companies in terms of social and environmental responsibility.

Integration of the thesis project into the local, regional and international scientific community:

This thesis project aims to support formalization and training projects in the field of mining governance, the political sociology of mining and, above all, CSR in the mining sector in Côte d'Ivoire and the sub-region: firstly at the Centre d'Excellence Mine et Environnement Minier at the INPHB in Yamoussoukro, and also at the ADB in connection with ASLF in Côte d'Ivoire.
The involvement of this project at sub-regional level is all the more important as it helps to frame and typify the sociological role of players within the CDLM (Comité de Développement Local Minier) in Côte d'Ivoire or the FODEL (Fonds de Développement Economique Local) in Guinea.

At UEMOA level, the plans to reform the community code in December 2019 in Ouagadougou in relation to CSR are proof that our work can contribute a great deal to the new sub-region, especially with the concern to formalize and frame the ethical aspects of gold panning in relation to industrial mines.