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The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility


  • Robert Reich, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley


  • Goldman School of Public Policy Working Paper: GSPP08-003 (August 2008)


This paper argues that the new interest in so-called “corporate social responsibility” is founded on a false notion of how much discretion a modern public corporation has to sacrifice profits for the sake of certain social goods, and that the promotion of corporate social responsibility by both the private and public sectors misleads the public into believing that more is being done by the private sector to meet certain public goals than is in fact the case.

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Last updated on 06/07/2013