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.

April 2021 Archives


The importance of keeping an open-mind

Mining Insights |  22 April 2021

A few years ago I reviewed a community-company grievance mechanism. The client didn’t have the best of reputations and I had some seriously negative preconceptions when I agreed to take on the work. I have to say, I was wrong.  I found the teams on site were doing a much better job than I expected with a significant and multifaceted effort being put into grievance prevention…


Linking company actions to the Health SDGs

Community Health |  8 April 2021

Companies, Communities and the Sustainable Development Goals

Last year I wrote about how smaller companies can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by staying focussed on the intersection of company, community and global priorities – the sweet spot. This year, I’d like to see what these sweet spots look like, starting with SDG3 which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.