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Does business have social obligations?

June 2001 - Does business have social obligations?There has been a lot of attention paid lately to issues of corporate failure and the costs of "globalisation". But what are businesses' obligations to the rest of society? Do they have any duty to ensure citizens' rights, or can they simply pursue profits regardless of the effect of their activities? This feature presents a few views of the issue that show the most likely answer to be somewhere in between these extremes.

Corporate obligations should reflect stakeholders' best interests
by Samuel Gregg - 20/06/2001
Corporate social responsibility and micro-economic reform
by Tim Duncan - 15/06/2001
Does business have social obligations? Don't be silly
by Gary Johns - 15/06/2001
The Howard government's social coalition is a cop-out on social services
by Wayne Swan - 15/06/2001
The social responsibilities of business are many and profound
by Noel Preston - 15/06/2001

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