Beyond Compliance or Meddling In Government’s Role?

The response from corporations to WikiLeaks raises important questions about the boundaries of corporate responsibility. In many ways in refraining from accepting WikiLeaks related financial transactions, companies like MasterCard and PayPal have had a more immediate impact on WikiLeaks than government is able to have.

I define corporate responsibility as ‘beyond compliance’ and that is where I try to spend most of my time. But I also realize that there are limits to how far that approach can be applied. The challenge for a company is identifying the boundary between appropriate action ‘beyond compliance’ and inappropriate meddling in the government’s role.…

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How Numbers Mislead

I met Kai Robertson for lunch earlier this week at Northside Social, a wonderful coffee house in Arlington, Virginia with a great sustainability theme running through its menu. Kai is with BSR and we were discussing a range of corporate responsibility and sustainability issues.  While we were talking, I was approached by a reporter.

This was a great venue to be interviewed by a reporter from a local news channel, News 7 – On Your Side, about my views on coffee.  I was asked how my coffee drinking habits would be influenced by knowing that a new study indicates that …

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