This report was written within the framework of the COBIA initiative in particular to support the discussions of the expert workshop on the governance of offshore oil and gas resources in West Africa of 19 March 2019.

It introduces how Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is evolving in the offshore oil sector. gas sector, it defines the concept of CSR, its history, its main themes and describes the international CSR standards applicable to the extractive industries. Finally, the report discusses the success factors of CSR standards in the extractive sector.

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