Corporate Responsibility

Patricia H. Werhane and R. Edward Freeman

in The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284238
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577291 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Corporate Responsibility

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Given some examples of what appear to be responsible behaviour, this article explores the dimensions of corporate responsibility. It begins by studying the nature of organizations, such as corporations, to determine whether, or in what ways, corporations, like individuals, are morally responsible. It explores the scope of corporate responsibility — to think about what responsibilities corporations have or should have, and whether one can understand those responsibilities as residing in the corporation or in individuals acting on behalf of the corporation. It investigates what factors contribute to corporate moral decision making and how these play a role in corporate responsibility.

Keywords: corporate responsibility; responsible behavior; corporations; moral responsibility; moral decision making; nature of organizations

Article.  11267 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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