Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Why not-for-profits should be wary of corporate social responsibility

This great piece by Russell Mokhiber from Corporate Crime Reporter  shows why not-for-profits should be wary of any involvement in corporate social responsibility initiatives. Frankly, they are being used.

As Mokhiber (and many other writers have shown) corporate social responsibility is not just an oxymoron but a sham:
"Corporate social responsibility has been used by companies to ward off both the activists and to reduce the probability of more onerous government regulation,"

"And companies pretend to be socially responsible, but they really don't do very much. This keeps the activists at bay. And it might serve to keep government regulators at bay by saying - see, we are doing it on our own."

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