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Jewish Law and Socially Responsible Corporate Conduct


Steven H. Resnicoff


DePaul University College of Law

June 29, 2008

Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, Vol. 11, No. 686, 2006

Abstract:     
Jewish law pervasively impacts corporate conduct, but does so without positing any distinct doctrinal rules pertaining to corporations. Instead, the foci of Jewish law are the individual, on the one hand, and the community as a whole, on the other. By restricting the conduct of individuals - such as those who serve as a corporation's employees, managers, directors and shareholders - Jewish law controls corporate conduct from within. By authorizing and requiring communally imposed regulation, Jewish law controls corporate conduct from without.

A thorough exploration of the many Jewish law precepts that apply to commerce would require far more than the space allotted for this paper. Our more modest intentions, therefore, are to survey some of the principal ways in which the rules Jewish law imposes on individuals and communities affect business ethics, generally, and then to examine whether the corporate context presents any unique questions.

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Keywords: Jewish law, corporations, business ethics, socially responsible conduct, role differentiated morality, autonomy, collective responsibility, duty to rescue, halakha

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Date posted: June 30, 2008  

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Resnicoff, Steven H., Jewish Law and Socially Responsible Corporate Conduct (June 29, 2008). Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, Vol. 11, No. 686, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1153173 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1153173

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