A real options approach to implementing corporate social responsibility policies at different stages of the mining process

Michael Hitch (based at the University of British Columbia, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, Vancouver, Canada)
Ashwin Kumar Ravichandran (based at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India)
Vedvyas Mishra (based at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the concept of “optionality” of corporate social responsibility programs in the mining sector. It is postulated that the degree of commitment and implementation varies with the different stages of the mine life cycle.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology/approach applied in this paper follows that of complex systems theory. The authors recognize that elements of CSR do not function/occur in isolation but rather operate in a complex and dynamic system.

Findings

The findings presented in the paper indicate that there is a not a single “silver bullet” approach to CSR but rather one that ebbs and flows with not only the technical stage of development of a mine but also those extra- economic modifiers that influence a mine's performance and survivability in a competitive global market.

Research limitations/implications

The limitations of this particular paper/research is the inability to get a complete set of cost data from any single mining operation. This is due to the highly confidential and proprietary nature of this data, hence a hypothetical/theoretical case is presented.

Practical implications

The practical implications of this research include recognizing the different stages of the mine life cycle cause different applications of CSR policy development and implementation. The authors present a view of a flexible and reflective CSR application.

Originality/value

This is the first and novel attempt to consider the actual value and commercial implication of CSR using the methods of real options within the broader theoretical framework of complex systems.

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Citation

Hitch, M., Kumar Ravichandran, A. and Mishra, V. (2014), "A real options approach to implementing corporate social responsibility policies at different stages of the mining process", Corporate Governance, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 45-57. https://doi.org/10.1108/CG-07-2012-0060

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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