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The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility

Goldman School of Public Policy Working Paper No. GSPP08-003

63 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2008 Last revised: 3 Sep 2008

Robert B. Reich

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Date Written: August 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper argues that the new interest in so-called "corporate social responsibility" is founded on a false notion of how much discretion a modern public corporation has to sacrifice profits for the sake of certain social goods, and that the promotion of corporate social responsibility by both the private and public sectors misleads the public into believing that more is being done by the private sector to meet certain public goals than is in fact the case.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investing, socially responsible consumption

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Reich, Robert B., The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility (August 1, 2008). Goldman School of Public Policy Working Paper No. GSPP08-003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1213129 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1213129

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