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Corporate Responsibility

New Lawsuit, But Dubious Marketing Claims Nothing New for Nestlé

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

You can see how the strategy to expand its consumer base would sound good to Nestlé's investors. But wait a minute -- the company is blatantly marketing its products like bottled tap water and infant formula to the people who can least afford them?

Values-Based Leadership Drives Corporate Responsibility

Andrea Learned | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Andrea Learned

In reality, men and women who've been raised to or just gotten used to aligning their personal and professional values will have an advantage in translating them for broader corporate responsibility.

Corporations and Accountability: Fostering Responsibility at the Top

Terry Newell | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
Terry Newell

We use a market response -- a fine -- to address a moral wrong. We focus on the corporation rather than the individuals responsible, acting as if we can permissibly separate the wrong from human agency.

Apple: Leading the Way in Enlightened 'Corporate Empathy'?

Anna Reeves | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Anna Reeves

Can it truly be said that Apple has managed to cultivate a culture of empathy? Here's where we need to get more insightful about the power of empathy and the way it works to transform corporate culture.

China and an Ethical Mapping of the Global Economy

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business
American Anthropological Association

Those who work in business ethics are often asked if corporate social responsibility is an oxymoron. When it comes to China, our interlocutors hint that the answer, more so than usual, is already settled.

Slipping Green Through the Back Door

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 10.15.2012 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

America is going green, but not the way environmentalists had planned it. The unlikely hero is none other than Corporate America.

The 3 C's of Successful Non-Profit Relationships

Ryan Scott | Posted 10.02.2012 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Like any healthy coupling, the recipe to a happy, long-term business relationship between a non-profit organization and its corporate volunteers and donors is commitment, communication and compromise, with a large dose of appreciation sprinkled on top.

Making the Pitch: Selling Sustainability From Inside Corporate America

Tony Calandro | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
Tony Calandro

"Sustainability" was little more than an environmental buzzword in corporate America a decade ago. Today it is a way of doing business that many companies have embraced in principle and, increasingly, in practice.

Leadership Lessons From Wal-Mart's Bribery Scandal

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

This story of a deplorable leadership failure at one of the world's largest companies is a cautionary tale for corporate executives.

Should Companies Obey the Law If Breaking It Is More Profitable?

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 09.04.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Indeed, if (in the sagacious words of Spiderman: The Movie) "with great power comes great responsibility," then the unprecedented power of today's large corporations places on them corresponding responsibilities to people affected by their actions.

Fining Corporate Criminals

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business
Brandon L. Garrett

Very few companies are prosecuted and even fewer are convicted at criminal trials. In 2011 it was only nine companies, or less than 6% of the total.

8 Takeaways From the CECP Corporate Philanthropy Summit

Susan McPherson | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Susan McPherson

A contagious energy surged through the Time Warner Center as participants discussed how we can work together to do good more effectively. Below are eight of my top takeaways from the two-day event.

What Does Shell Have in Common With General Ratko Mladic?

Katie Redford | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business
Katie Redford

What does Royal Dutch Shell have in common with General Ratko Mladic, former commander of the Bosnian Serb army? More than you'd think...

Starbucks: The Unofficial Office for Social Change

Aaron Hurst | Posted 05.03.2012 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Wowed by a singing barista and a great place to bring her two daughters, Cecilia joined the Starbucks team as their Vice President of Global Diversity, Community and Government Affairs, for Starbucks Coffee Company.

A New Spring Trend for Shareholders: Corporate Accountability

Elizabeth Parisian | Posted 06.24.2012 | Chicago
Elizabeth Parisian

GE's federal tax dodging has a significant impact on Chicago's neighborhoods

Faith And Values Inspired Investments

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Both the Jewish and Christian communities from their earliest documents display a debate about with the foundational questions of ownership, agency, interest and usury. The Holy Quran also offers some unique teachings.

Capitalism's Dirty Secret: Corporations Don't Create Good Jobs Anymore, They Destroy Them

Lynn Parramore | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business
Lynn Parramore

The truth is that unfettered corporations are just about the worst thing for creating decent jobs. Here's a look at why, and where the good jobs really come from.

Whose Corporations? Our Corporations!

Ken Jacobson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Business
Ken Jacobson

Historically, corporations were understood to be responsible to a complex web of constituencies, including employees, communities, society at large, suppliers, and shareholders. But in the era of deregulation, the interests of shareholders began to trump all the others.

Facebook Needs at Least One Woman On Its Board

Tim Berry | Posted 06.01.2012 | Technology
Tim Berry

Why would a startup as important as Facebook, run by somebody as young as Mark Zuckerberg, whose users are more than 50 percent women, go into all-imp...

Are You Being a 'Muppet'?

John Friedman | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business
John Friedman

The most famous Muppet of all, Kermit the frog, famously stated, "It's not easy being green." Turns out, it's not easy as being an empowered investor either.

The Summers of Our Discontent

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Robert Weissman

It's hard to imagine the Obama administration is on the verge of making a similarly outrageous pick to head the Bank, but that seems to be the case. What's the matter with Larry?

Look to Business Operations, Not Philanthropy, for Social Impact

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Judith Samuelson

If the impact of business on society is measured in oceans, corporate philanthropy would barely fill a bucket of water. What might be possible if we were to unleash this business genius on problems of consequence?

Extending the Olive Branch -- Consumer Conflict Resolution

Donna Larner Lavery | Posted 05.02.2012 | Business
Donna Larner Lavery

Although we are more connected through technology than ever before, we have lost the art of discussion and personal acknowledgement. Our phones and our keyboards have become our anonymous mouthpieces.

Supreme Court: Are Corporations Liable for Aiding and Abetting Crimes Against Humanity?

Valerie Brender | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Valerie Brender

Whatever happens with the Kiobel decision, it will be a watershed moment for corporate accountability.

Kiobel v. Shell Tests Corporate Personhood

Katie Redford | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Katie Redford

How anyone could argue that corporations shouldn't be held responsible for human rights abuses is almost beyond comprehension. Yet that's precisely what Shell and their supporters have been insisting and what they will argue to the Supreme Court today.