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CU5: Corporations Can corporations be moral agents? Narrow and broad view of corporate social responsibility. Views against having corporations as moral/social agents Additional issues and problems with corporate moral/ethical behavior
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Definition of a corporation “A corporation is a thing that [1] can endure beyond the natural lives of its members and that [2] has incorporators who may sue and be sued as a unit and [3] who are able to consign part of their property to the corporation for [4] ventures of limited liability.” (Shaw & Barry, p. 200) Discuss those four points.
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Can corporations be moral agents? Corporations are made up of people and have a corporate internal decision (CID) structure that decides what the corporation should and/or will do. No. A corporation’s CID structure causes it to be like a machine – e.g. like your car. Your car is not ethically responsible if the brakes fail and it thus kills a pedestrian. Yes. The CID structure operates like an individual person in gathering information and making decisions. Thus, analogous
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