“Making Monkey Business:” Building Company/Community Dialogue in the Philippines

‘Making Monkey Business’ tells of a dispute resolution process involving communities that were impacted by the building of the Ambuklao and Binga dams in the Benguet Province of the Philippines. The mediated dialogue was facilitated by the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman of the World Bank Group and the mediation was conducted by the Conflict Resolution Group in the Philippines. The film conveys the process as experienced by those who participated – community, company and government representatives – and is told in their own voices. It celebrates what was achieved at Ambuklao and Binga through the power of informed dialogue, and showcases a process that other companies and communities facing disputes could be encouraged to consider.

This is one of four films in a series on company-community dialogue produced by the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School on behalf of the mandate of the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie. The films were produced with the generous support of the Government of Norway, the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman of the World Bank Group, the International Bar Association and the Government of Germany. The films are MATCH productions.

On November 29, 2012, the series won “best communication or publication” award at the biennial Centre for Effective Dispute Resolutions (CEDR) awards ceremony held in London. The series makes a compelling case for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods and processes, using real life corporate-community case studies to show the immediate and long term benefits of facilitated dialogue.

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