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The Theory and Practice of Corporate Citizenship in Nigeria: A Petroleum Industry Beneficiary Analysis

by Wilson Akpan

Nov 1, 2006

With the aid of ethnographic data obtained in Nigeria's oil and gas region (the Niger Delta), and relevant secondary data, this article makes a case for a beneficiary-centred approach to corporate citizenship analysis, and thus urges a shift from the dominant corporatist approach. Two interrelated questions are examined: how do ordinary people who share their socio-ecologic and cultural neighbourhoods with petroleum operators encounter corporate citizenship, and what do such encounters say about corporate citizenship philosophy and practice in the Nigerian petroleum industry? The article is not an anti-theory of corporate citizenship or of the broader sustainable development debate.