CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PERFORMANCE: A STUDY OF SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED (SPDC) IN SELECTED AREAS OF OPERATION (SOKU OIL FIELD

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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PERFORMANCE: A STUDY OF SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED (SPDC) IN SELECTED AREAS OF OPERATION (SOKU OIL FIELD

ABSTRACT

This research proposal attempts to critically appraise the corporate social responsibility performance of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Limited in the Soku Oil Field. The desire to carry out the research came as a result of current developments in the oil industry especially as it relates to conflicts between host communities and oil prospective companies. In order to adequately address the topic both secondary and primary sources of data were used. Furthermore, research questions were advanced. This is followed by research hypotheses. Also, some questionnaires were distributed to key operators in the area of study. These questionnaires were retrieved, collated and analysed along with secondary data to arrive at an acceptable body of knowledge that will assist in reducing conflict and this, it is hoped will usher in harmony and progress in oil bearing communities. This will translate to higher profit for the oil companies, higher revenue to the Federal Government and development to the host communities. Our findings reveal that non-performance of social responsibility in the area of operation result to conflicts between oil companies and host communities. Conflicts lead to low production loss of profit, loss of personnel, loss of time for the oil companies on one hand while the communities also suffer from pollution that result from such conflicts and their citizens. Host communities feel that they are not adequately compensated for the effect of pollution they suffer from due to negligence and lack of care by the SPDC. Based on our findings we recommend that host communities should be adequately compensated in terms of siting of development programmes, such as health care centre, award of scholarships, employment, sand filling among others

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