Cyprian Ojum, enrolled in the Doctor of Social Sciences program, is a student under the supervision of Dr. Brian Belcher. He currently conducts research on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investments. CSR investments aim to support positive real-world change; however, they have incurred recent scrutiny. Cyprian’s doctoral research, entitled “Assessing CSR Investments by Multinational Companies in Nigeria: A focus on Oil Bearing Communities in the Niger Delta”, intends to generate an authentic inventory of strategic CSR investments made by multinational oil companies in their host communities after five decades of intensive oil and gas exploration and production activities. As deputy general manager of sustainable development for Total in Nigeria, Cyprian aims to influence change in his organization.
Thus, the study findings will form an objective basis upon which a proper and more reliable impact assessment of such investments can be performed. In addition, Cyprian’s findings will act as a valuable source of information to feed future decisions of multi-nationals, community leaders, and relevant government authorities. This is key for these actors’ collaboration to augment CSR investments for the sustainable development of oil bearing communities. Furthermore, the findings will support more reliable assessments of CSR investment impacts in the future.
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