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Corporate responsibility is a controversial issue that involves

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Corporate responsibility is a controversial issue that involves many industries, companies, and ethical considerations. Consider one or more of the following examples, and comment on if and how you think the industry has an obligation to society.





McDonalds considering the overall health of society

Nike considering its responsibility for running sweatshops to produce its apparel

Oil companies for developing alternative energies

It can be only one
Submitted: 3 years ago.
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Expert:  Martin replied 3 years ago.
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Corporate responsibility is a lot like John Searle "Chinese room".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_room

The corporation is like such a room. In one of his lecture, John Searle once made allusion to an explication as to what is the Chinese room, made by someone (one of his student if i remember) that made the point that the room was alive and sentient. Searle then go on to say he can't get himself to believe that.

The question is not if the room sentient or not but if the Corporation as a system (sentient or not) should have the responsibility to apply ethical conduct. The corporation prime directive is to make money at all cost, this do not let place for any human compassion. If the Corporation is sentient it's surely not sentient with the same ethical goal that human have (the same way we don't have the same ethic for other humans and for our own cells). Human and corporation are just not on the same existence scale.

So, the ethical "law" should apply to those working in those corporation, not the corporation itself. Making those human personally responsible.

McDonalds as a corporation only have advantage to have is herd of customer healthy because it take money from them. It's not an ethical response but an economic prerogative of maximizing profit.

Nike as a corporation have no advantage to stop sweatshops. When it change things it's just to please the mass. The same way cells can stop someone to eat peanut butter if one is allergic. It's more taking care of an annoyance than doing it because it feel right.

Oil companies as a corporation have advantage to change because like bacteria in a petri dish, once the resource/food is gone, the organism die. So in this case it's a survival prerogative.
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