Andrew W. Markley, J.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Business, Grove City College and Co-author of the Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Why the U.S. Should Oppose International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Mandates”
James P. Kelly, III, J.D.
Director of International Affairs, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, and Managing Editor, “Global Governance Watch” Website (http://www.globalgovernancewatch.org), A Joint Project of The Federalist Society and the American Enterprise Institute
Like a vitamin regimen that exceeds recommended daily amounts, corporate social responsibility (CSR) – once seen as a healthy thing in small doses – now poses a toxic threat to American business. As originally prescribed, CSR encouraged companies to look for opportunities to further their business while at the same time addressing additional environmental or social issues, especially in the local communities in which they conduct business. Unfortunately, CSR has evolved into a more radical remedy which now seeks to redefine the very purpose of the company to impose ambiguous environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) requirements. CSR activists are using a radical human rights and environmental agenda to redefine the very purpose of business that will place ever greater burdens and constraints on corporations. Unless action is taken, these anti-free market and statist proponents may push CSR beyond the point of no return and achieve their redefinition of business. Join us for a lively discussion of these issues!
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