“This is the cutting-edge textbook on a managerial approach to corporate responsibility. Students and executives will benefit a great deal by studying the cases and best practices that are here. It's a terrific book.” —Ed Freeman, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia Corporate Responsibility offers a concise and comprehensive introduction to the functional area of corporate responsibility. Readers will learn how corporate responsibility is good for business and how leaders balance their organization—s needs with responsibilities to key constituencies in society. Author Paul A. Argenti engages students with new and compelling cases by focusing on the social, reputational, or environmental consequences of corporate activities. Students will learn how to make difficult choices, promote responsible behavior within their organizations, and understand the role personal values play in developing effective leadership skills.

The Corporation’s Responsibility to Society: Human Rights and Labor Issues

The Corporation’s Responsibility to Society: Human Rights and Labor Issues

In this chapter, we examine the corporation’s responsibility toward its employees and the communities surrounding its operations.

In Chapter 1, we defined corporate responsibility as a corporation’s environmental and social obligations to its constituencies and greater society. Fulfilling these obligations includes paying attention to human rights issues as well as the interests of a corporation’s workforce and suppliers.1 Corporations have a responsibility not only to those immediately affected by their business dealings, such as their employees and consumers, but also to remote constituents, such as citizens of the developing nations where they obtain raw materials or employ labor forces.

If they seek to take a comprehensive approach ...

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