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Extraterritorial reporting in mining sector: Extraterritorial reporting and global inclusion of persons with disabilities in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate social investment (CSI) strategies

Mugabi, Ivan. K 2018. Extraterritorial reporting in mining sector: Extraterritorial reporting and global inclusion of persons with disabilities in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate social investment (CSI) strategies. Presented at: Law and sustainability in global value chains, Department of Law Aarhus BSS Aarhus University Bartholins Allé 16 DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark CVR: DK 31119103, 24 April 2018.

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The mining sector is one of the emerging multinational extraction industries in the Ugandan economy. However, the mining sector is also one of the sectors that is prone to experiencing accidents leading to long-term and 78 percent of short-term disability from time to time. In developed countries where there is greater attention for risks and a greater enjoyment of value outputs from the production chain, government/national institutions are investing resources for investigating about accidents that take place within mining sectors and resulting into injuries, temporary and permanent disabilities. For example in 2015, Canada launched a three years study, anticipated to cost about $400, 000. Its goal is to gather the information necessary to develop strategies to promote good mental health. Whereas in developed countries, there is a stronger compensation culture through judicial institution that give attention to small injury claims. However, in developing countries such a culture seems highly unlikely given that the reliance on employment rights seems considerably weaker. For Workers in Ontario seek disability benefits from employers for a variety of reasons. In which case mental health issues account for approximately 67 percent of long-term and 78 percent of short-term disability claims in Canada. Even though similar concerns of long terms and short-term disabilities are highly likely to subsist among workers in Uganda’s emerging mining sector, there is hardly much evidence of policies encouraging employee to seek compensation through work related disability benefits from their employers. Even then, in developing economies idea of outsourcing production and those of foreign direct investments (FDI) have in come context detach the ultimate manufacturers. As a result, workers who would be more legally protected as employees are independent contractors are without much support in case of becoming persons with disabilities due to work related injuries during mining. In light of the above, this study shall uses lenses of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Social investment (CSI) in advancing a feature possibility for new means of extraterritorial reporting by some western mining companies in Uganda. In this way, the paper is supporting the extension of CSR and CSI reporting obligations to include workers with disabilities as stakeholders in their chain of production. It is imperative to note that the above accountability for disability support should arise from the circumstances underlying relationships arising from the chain of production. In which case the direct presence or absence of employer-employee relationship become less important than the presence of a humanly disabling supplying chain from which the producer is securing raw materials. Thus, CSR and CSI will encourage producers that are geopolitically detached from developing countries such disabilities are occurring to participate in skills development that include persons with disabilities all their training programmes. Hence creating opportunities within mining organizations of developing economies where extraction that are inclusive and accommodative to both new employees and learners with disabilities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Business (Including Economics)
Cardiff Centre for Ethics, Law and Society (CCELS)
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 01:46

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