Corporate Social Responsibility, Extractive Industry, Community Disputes
Our legal experience working with claimants and business in corporate social responsibility cases and the settlements we have brought about provides us with an extraordinary understanding of the complex interests at play in these matters. There is often a history of unresolved, escalating conflict between community, business and governmental stakeholders, leading to lengthy and costly litigation. Corporate parties may be motivated to reach an accommodation but face internal resistance to any resolution that may be seen as an admission of wrongdoing. Local communities may also be motivated to settle, but do not want to be seen as capitulating to corporate or governmental actors.