Mining and Corporate Social Responsibility: BHP Billiton and the Tintaya Dialogue
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The case takes place in Peru in the aftermath of the worst mercury spill in history, by a transportation contractor for Newmont Mining Corporation. BHP Billiton, which has no connection to Newmont but is affected by increased hostility toward mining companies, enters into an agreement with Oxfam to conduct training on sustainability and “the impacts of large-scale infrastructure projects on communities.” Executives from the company’s various international business units are selected to participate in the program, to be held each year in Orissa, India. One of the first managers selected to attend the program is the general manager for BHP Billiton’s Tintaya copper mine in Peru. The case discusses the process, objectives, and outcome of the resulting dialogue between BHP Billiton and local indigenous residents.
- To provide students with the opportunity to develop guidelines for making decisions in difficult situations that are ambiguous with regard to their outcome and that have ethical and legal implications.
- To discuss the concept of stakeholder value.
- To discuss ethical and moral theories in the context of real-life examples.
- To provide a contemporary example of a situation that demonstrates some of the challenges of globalization.
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