A social licence to operate: Corporate social responsibility, local communities and the constitution of global production networks

Mayes, Robyn (2015) A social licence to operate: Corporate social responsibility, local communities and the constitution of global production networks. Global Networks, 15(s1), s109-s128.

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Abstract

This article contributes to the theorization of the role of informal regulation (undertaken by leading firms) in the ongoing organization of global production networks. It does so through a qualitative case study of BHP Billiton's Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation (RNO) in the rural Shire of Ravensthorpe in Western Australia. This less tangible, and to date under-researched, dimension of global production networks is foregrounded through a focus on the corporate social responsibility strategy implemented by RNO in the service of achieving and/or demonstrating a broader ‘social licence to operate’. This ‘licence’ functions – beyond the corporation – as a legitimated and legitimating multi-scalar mechanism through which to gain and maintain access to mineral resources and thus to establish viable and ongoing global production networks. Further, this informal regulation is shown to shape social relations and qualities of place conducive to competitive global mineral extraction and to facilitate the positioning of local communities and places in mineral global production networks.

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ID Code: 85897
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Global Production Networks, Social Licence to Operate (SLO), Corporate Social Responsibility, Resource Extarction, Community
DOI: 10.1111/glob.12090
ISSN: 1470-2266
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement (150303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Copyright Statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: MAYES, R. (2015), A social licence to operate: corporate social responsibility, local communities and the constitution of global production networks. Global Networks, 15: S109–S128, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glob.12090. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2015 23:44
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 19:08

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