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.

February 2021 Archives


Trending in 2021

Responsible Business Management |  25 February 2021

I thought I'd make a start compiling a list of predictions of the direction of ESG in the year ahead. I'll try and get some balance into the list by finding some government, international development and civil society / NGO viewpoints to those of business. The list isn't ranked - it is not about who is better at prediction or which I think are more important, rather, the place on the list will simply reflect the history of discovery. The fact that the first three are from business probably is an indicator of my industry background / bias...


Evolution of a management system

Responsible Business Management |  11 February 2021

Management systems supporting the pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement are found in all other aspects of business - technical, financial, administration and health and safety and environmental performance - so why not community relations and social performance? Why not indeed…