Center for Ethical Business Cultures
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corporate social responsibility, corporate citizenship, law, ethics, corporate conduct, corporate personhood, corporate purpose, corporate regulation and corporate governance
This working paper focuses on the role of law in the history of corporate responsibility in the U.S. Recourse to the law for setting standards related to corporate conduct and processes has been a frequent dimension in debates about corporate responsibilities. The paper examines ideas and developments in four areas: corporate personhood; corporate purpose; corporate regulation; and corporate governance. Within this framework, the paper explores ways in which the law both reflects and shapes the cultural context in which corporations have evolved and the debates about the responsibilities of the corporation.
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