Multinational Oil Companies and Corporate Social Responsibilities: The Host Communities Experience
For peace and development to be maintained in the oil producing communities (Niger Delta Region, Nigeria), the concept of corporate social responsibility must be fully imbibed by the multinational oil companies. Therefore, this study examines multinational oil companies and corporate social responsibilities with particular reference to host communities’ experience. An accessible population of ten (10) communities in Bayelsa State was studied. Primary and secondary data were used and analyzed using tables, percentage, average, frequency distribution, and chi-square (x2). The result shows that there is no positive significant relationship between multinational oil companies and corporate social responsibility to the host communities. Therefore, we recommended that, multi-national oil companies should foster close relationship with their host communities by providing them with social amenities and employment opportunities. Government should also monitor the social activities of multinational oil companies and guard against any inhuman treatment that is detrimental to the environment and the health of community residents. Government should also provide social amenities and other associated benefits to the oil producing communities.
Key words: multinational companies, corporate social responsibility, Niger Delta, Nigeria