The impact of multinational corporations on local communities-a case study of Delmonte Corporation in Thika District
This explorative study was conducted in Kakuzi division, Thika District with the principle objective of finding out the Community's perspective on the Impact of Delmonte Corporation in their community. This was determined through assessing the comnlunity's expectations, as well as the nature of the social and economic relationship between Delmonte and the Kakuzi community. Data was collected through Focus Group Discussions, Key informant and personal interviews. The research fmdings showed that the MNC had engaged in few community projects as indicated by 25% of respondents such as the repairing of a road, renovation of public schools in the area and building a shed for cyclists. Despite this, community members still held high expectations towards Delmonte and especially in the provision of employment opportunities (35.8%), which would contribute to enhanced economic status of the community. This prevailed in an environment marked by a series of unresolved strained relationships between the MNC and the community as indicated by 80% of respondents. Nevertheless the community still supported the MNC business activities through the provision of labour (76.7%) and marketing of produce, and still supported the continued operation of Delmonte in their community. Key recommendations from the study include: The need fur the government' s development of clear policies on the socio-economic roles of a MNC operating within any community. This should also be coupled with continuous and coordinated dialogue between the MNC and the community prior to its entry and during its period of operation within a community.