This report was written to analyze the involvement of a Canadian mining company in Guatemala in order to better understand how the actions of a multinational corporation (MNC) can positively and negatively affect an area characterized by latent conflict. This case study was modelled after a similar case study performed by Terry Bell on a copper project in Burma and made use of an in-depth study of private sector risk analysis by Leah Berger (both available on the CIFP website)

This report uses the Country Indicators for Foreign Policy (CIFP) as a framework for analyzing “the reverse flow of risk: the risk of a company aggravating a conflict situation”. It is hoped that this paper, and others like it, will provide students, educators and those in the public and private sectors a greater understanding of the complexity and need for enhanced corporate social responsibility (CSR) in conflict-affected areas.

Measuring the Reverse Flow of Risk: A Case Study of the Marlin Mine Project in Guatemala