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Geoffrey Jones (HBS Working Papers 2013) - Debating the Responsibility of Capitalism in Historical and Global Perspective
This working paper examines the evolution of concepts of the responsibility of business in a historical and global perspective. It shows that from the nineteenth century American, European, Japanese, Indian and other business leaders discussed the responsibilities of business beyond making profits, although until recently such views have not been mainstream. There was also a wide variation concerning the nature of this responsibility. This paper argues that four factors drove such beliefs: spirituality; self-interest; fears of government intervention; and the belief that governments were incapable of addressing major social issues.

Keywords: Rachel Carson; Sustainability; Local Food; Operations Management; Supply Chain; Business And Society; Business Ethics; Business History; Corporate Philanthropy; Corporate Social Responsibility; Corporate Social Responsibility And Impact; Environmentalism; Environmental Entrepreneurship; Environmental And Social Sustainability; Ethics; Globalization; History; Religion; Consumer Products Industry; Chemical Industry; Beauty and Cosmetics Industry; Energy Industry; Food and Beverage Industry; Forest Products Industry; Green Technology Industry; Manufacturing Industry; Asia; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North and Central America; Africa
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january 2015 by dunnettreader
Personal Business; Amid a Flood of Recalls, Who's Paying Attention?
April 14, 2002 | New York Times | By SANA SIWOLOP.

IF it seems that companies are announcing more and more recalls lately, on products from tires to toys to turkey, it's not your imagination.

The number of product recalls has indeed been rising steadily, and by some measures the increases have been big. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which oversees more than 15,000 types of consumer products, said that there were more recalls last year -- 344 separate products -- than in most years over the last decade. The Agriculture Department, which regulates meats, reported 87 voluntary recalls last year, nearly double the 44 of 1998. At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, officials said recalls of vehicles, tires and equipment like child car seats totaled 490 in 2001 and 554 in 2000, the two highest figures on record....Still, consumers now have far more resources available for tracking and complying with recalls on their own, thanks largely to the Internet....The increase in recalls has a variety of explanations. Some federal agencies have become more aggressive in having companies comply with product safety laws. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which develops safety standards and can issue recalls, has stepped up enforcement of fines for companies in violation of the laws,...Many companies, trying to stay in consumers' good graces and to prevent lawsuits, are taking action voluntarily, experts say. Recalls can result from mistakes like mislabeling of food ingredients or from problems like design or manufacturing flaws....(Business Opportunity ''I'd like to see companies devote the same amount of sales and marketing information to a recall as they do to marketing a product in the first place,'')
product_recalls  CPSC  regulatory_standards  product_safety  pay_attention 
june 2012 by jerryking
Massive toy recall highlights gaps in product-safety legislation
Sep. 30, 2010 Globe and Mail Carly Weeks. Toy manufacturing
giant Fisher-Price failed to tell Health Canada until last week about
serious safety incidents involving products now at the centre of a
massive recall, including children who needed stitches, choked and
suffered other injuries after using the company’s products.

Fisher-Price, Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) announced Thursday a recall of nearly 11 million
children’s products, including toddler tricycles, high chairs and toy
cars. More than 400,000 of the products were sold in Canada.
Fisher-Price  product_recalls  legislation  product_safety  toys 
october 2010 by jerryking
Navigating the outsourcing minefield
Nov. 7, 2007 G&M article by Jeff Buckstein which discusses the risks associated with outsourcing.
product_recalls  product_safety  risks  Outsourcing 
january 2009 by jerryking
Tories vow to hit 'fly-by-night operators' with $1-million fines, mandatory recalls
Dec. 18, 2007 G&M article by Gloria Galloway on legislation being introduced by the federal government.
product_recalls  product_safety 
january 2009 by jerryking

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