Combating Environmental Irresponsibility of Transnational Corporations in Africa: An Empirical Analysis

Local Environment, 2015

Posted: 1 Jan 2016

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Hakeem O. Yusuf

Derby Law School

Kamil Omoteso

Coventry University, Business School - Faculty of Business and Law

Date Written: December 31, 2015

Abstract

Environmental irresponsibility is one of the most prominent issues confronting host communities of transnational corporations (TNCs) engaged in the production of economic goods and, sometimes, services. Drawing mainly on stakeholder theory, combined with legitimacy theory, this article addresses how host communities in Africa combat the challenge of environmental irresponsibility of TNCs. To illustrate the dimensions and dynamics of the challenge, this paper examines the experience of despoliation of Ogoniland by the oil giant Shell in Nigeria. The analysis draws attention to the significance of the role of individuals and civil society groups in securing accountability of one of the most formidable fronts of economic globalisation. The analysis is particularly relevant to the experience of environmental irresponsibility in the context of weak governance structures.

Keywords: Transnational corporations, environmental irresponsibility, stakeholder theory, accountability, legitimacy theory

Suggested Citation

Yusuf, Hakeem O. and Omoteso, Kamil, Combating Environmental Irresponsibility of Transnational Corporations in Africa: An Empirical Analysis (December 31, 2015). Local Environment, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2709573

Hakeem O. Yusuf (Contact Author)

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Kamil Omoteso

Coventry University, Business School - Faculty of Business and Law ( email )

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Coventry, CV1 5FB
United Kingdom

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