So your geologists have been kidnapped... now what?
Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, is an increasingly recognized cost of doing business and for a lot of legitimate reasons. But feeding the local population with schools, infrastructure and development programs, sustainable or otherwise, addresses a minor part of the issues faced by peasants in underdeveloped parts of the world. Mining companies must realize that there are a lot of groups, some of whom call themselves civil, that are aggressively and irreconcilably opposed to development from mining companies, governments or anyone else. The complete CSR program must include ways of collecting information about the motivations and whereabouts of anti-development groups active in the area as well as tactics to blunt their influence in the local population. Your geologists and local neighbours will thank you.
antagonistic, surveillance, Data collection, tactics, CSR, risk mitigation