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Arctic petroleum: Local CSR-perceptions in the Nenets region

Loe, JSP; Kelman, I; Fjærtoft, DB; (2017) Arctic petroleum: Local CSR-perceptions in the Nenets region. Social Responsibility Journal , 13 (2) pp. 307-322. 10.1108/SRJ-10-2015-0150. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this article is to identify and discuss perceptions of petroleum-related corporate social responsibility (CSR) among local and regional authorities, local peoples (indigenous and non-indigenous) and representatives of petroleum companies working or living in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug (NAO) in the Russian Arctic. Although the CSR literature comprises a broad spectrum of approaches, an underrepresentation of perspectives from non-business stakeholders has been suggested. The paper seeks to redress this gap. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: The data were obtained through 34 in-depth, semi-structured interviews conducted and qualitatively analyzed to extrapolate perceptions, views, and expectations of petroleum-related CSR in NAO. By exploring needs, wants, and expectations, differences are identified between short-term expectations and longer-term perspectives. FINDINGS: A central feature of our findings is the wide variation in the responses, not only between community groups and sectors, but also within them. The complexity identified is an argument in favor of local involvement to understand local contexts and suggests avoiding “one-size fits all” CSR approaches. Challenges and opportunities are identified for the petroleum companies in dealing with different stakeholders and diverging interests. RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS: The importance of local context means that caution is advised when considering the transferability or generalizability of lessons, within NAO and elsewhere in and outside the Russian Arctic. Furthermore, fundamental motivations are not always transparent from interviews. ORIGINALITY/VALUE: Although a rich literature exists on CSR, this is perhaps the first study providing a cross-sectoral analysis of people’s perceptions, including those of non-business stakeholders, in this region.

Type: Article
Title: Arctic petroleum: Local CSR-perceptions in the Nenets region
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/SRJ-10-2015-0150
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/SRJ-10-2015-0150
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1532894
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