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Corporate Responsibility

The Final Lesson of BP

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

The will of the American people is being subordinated to the demands of giant money-making machines called global corporations that can now spend or threaten to spend unlimited amounts of money in support of any politician.

Is Corporate Social Responsibility Evil?

Matthew Bishop | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Matthew Bishop

A firm that had been more attuned to society and more committed to engaging with it constructively would have been far less likely to make basic mistakes like Goldman and BP did.

Bankers You Can Believe In

Aron Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Aron Cramer

While their brethren parade to Capitol Hill, three bankers are pioneering new ways to invest in forest preservation, invent disruptive technologies for a clean energy system, and create a price on carbon.

Exhibit A in the Case for Corporate Responsibility

Jeffrey Hollender | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Hollender

I wonder what it must feel like to be BP CEO Tony Hayward, the most besieged person on the planet and the biggest poster boy for corporate irresponsibility in the wake of an oil spill that's ultimately his personal fault.

Progress in Corporate Ethics? Not So Much

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

Integrity can't be "written in" to organizational behavior, especially for companies who have unprincipled people working there to begin with. But still, we are mired in regulations.

The Oil Spill: Projections

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

Projection is a wonderfully convenient way to sidestep my own responsibility. In this light, I found myself watching yesterday's public roasting of BP and its CEO, Tony Hayward.

The Importance of Blaming the Right People for the Wall Street and Gulf Disasters

Rob Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Shapiro

It's time to revise the limited personal liability provisions of the corporate form. The government should sue executives personally for decisions that turn very bad for the rest of us.

The Risk of Eliminating Risk

Halsey Minor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Halsey Minor

Corporations now enjoy powers and privileges historically reserved for monarchs, and, like monarchs, the people who run them are largely insulated from the consequences of their actions.

BP, Market Value and Responsible Business Leadership

C. Clinton Sidle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
C. Clinton Sidle

Why do business leaders fail to see they have a lot to gain by just doing the right thing? In the history of such disasters, those who don't act transparently tend to lose long-term share value.

Goodbye/Hello 18 "Make Sure That This Never Happens Again"

Patt Cottingham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patt Cottingham

2010 will go down as the year the phrase "Make Sure That This Never Happens Again" was the constant refrain. We heard this is the financial banking ...

Time for a New Humane Capitalism ... or Else

Cleve Stevens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Cleve Stevens

For decades we have engaged in a type of capitalism that is simply unsustainable, an approach to industry that is not only bad in some ethical sense, but also fundamentally impractical in a business sense.

Will the BP Fiasco Change U.S. Politics? Don't Bet on It

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John McQuaid

The odds are that this spill won't actually be that big of a historical moment. I'm not a cynic, but there's something extraordinarily resilient about Americans' collective indifference to holding people and organizations accountable.

Why BP Is a Textbook Psychopath

Keith Harrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

Regardless of how the investigation pans out, it seems that "criminal" may not end up being the right word to describe BP. That term doesn't fully encapsulate the frightening nature of this corporation.

Corporations Won't Self-Regulate

Barbra Streisand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Barbra Streisand

We can't assume that companies like BP and Halliburton will spend the time and money to ensure environmental safety, just like we have learned the hard way that Wall Street will not safeguard our life savings.

Moving Forward?

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

The oil spill highlights the inadequacies of our present system. We need a system where large, systemically relevant firms pay into a transparently managed national clean up and environmental restitution fund.

Can America Return to an Indigenous Economy?

Mark Cassello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Cassello

A full recovery may come, but a sustainable recovery is more likely to occur when corporations re-learn the value of taking root in the communities in which they operate.

Retire Ronald McDonald--Do it for our kids!

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Frances Moore Lappe

Kids are the perfect advertising audience: Very young children don't even know they're being marketed to.

Is Integrated Reporting the Future of Corporate Transparency?

Caleb Newquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Caleb Newquist

Transparency is fast becoming the most important tool corporations can use.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

When Enough is Enough: Corporate Responsibility in China and Beyond

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

In the wake of Google's announcement on Monday that they were redirecting mainland Chinese users to an uncensored version of search through Hong Kong,...

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Noughties

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Azeem Ibrahim

Most CEOs agree that over the course of the last decade, it has become more important for firms to show that they are socially responsible. The case for corporate social responsibility is based on a few simple premises.

Google and China: When Should Business Leave on Human Rights Grounds?

Aron Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Aron Cramer

Leaving often seems like the clear-cut ethical winner in this debate. There often is, however, a case for companies to stay as well, especially if they can help usher in greater respect for human rights.

Plugging the Integrity Leak: Business Ethics and Lessons from the Mahabharata

Ramnath Subramanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ramnath Subramanian

What strikes me about the Mahabharata is the emphasis on character development and integrity before skills are bestowed. Were this rule applied in business schools today, the BP rig leak may never have happened.

Abercrombie & Fitch + Weight Watchers Make the CRO Black List (VIDEO)

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Corporate Responsibility Magazine proves that at Abercrombie & Fitch only the models are revealing. What is corporate responsibility and why should ...

Six Obstacles on the Road to Corporate Responsibility

Jeffrey Hollender | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Hollender

To create a better future, leaders and aspiring leaders must first envision their company as an authentically "good company" -- and then summon the creativity and the resiliency to overcome the obstacles that await.