I first heard the words “meeting under the mango tree” as a euphemism for having a predictable, easy to access process for enabling community members to raise issues and concerns in a safe and familiar place.  There is no fixed agenda and no one-size-fits-all for these exchanges. With one company we set up drop-in centres in each local village with a designated community officer in attendance everyday. Another made it known that a company person would be available “under the mango tree” for two hours every market day. I am hoping this blog will achieve something similar – the regular, free and open sharing of ideas and experiences. Time will tell how well it works out.

October 2020 Archives


Ten must-do-actions for a stronger social licence

Company Behaviour |  28 October 2020

Must-do-actions is all about demonstrating the behaviour needed to establish trust and build relationships. Without both the likelihood of success (for the business generally and for community-facing activities in particular) is greatly reduced.


Delivering on your aspirations

Responsible Business Management |  14 October 2020

Company aspirations will dictate how you go about your business. With this in mind, what are you saying – the ubiquitous vision, values, mission statement – how are you putting the words into practice in the context of the country you are operating in and the legal requirements you must meet?