Download the article as a PDF Introduction In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, fraudsters and scammers have taken the maxim “never waste a good crisis” to heart. With anxiety and uncertainty rampant, consumers are highly vulnerable to fraud and deceptive economic practices. A report in the Wall Street Journal noted that the U.S. Federal … Continue reading Fighting fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic: A CSR-based approach
Introduction Recent legal developments in European countries challenge the principle of separate legal personality by extending liability to parent companies for harm caused by the operation of foreign countries. This post focuses on some cases brought before the Netherlands and English courts. These cases involve Nigerian residents and farmers seeking compensation from both Dutch and … Continue reading Towards a socially responsible approach to the duty of care? A comparative approach to the Shell cases in UK and Netherlands
In recent times, it has emerged that corporations are increasingly using ordinary legal instruments to hush human rights and environmental defenders. Such a phenomenon, which is known as "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP)," is based on the extreme asymmetry in the balance of forces between corporations and activists. The misuse of legal actions to … Continue reading The Ontario anti-SLAPP legislation and the right to free and open expression on matters of public interest
* The editorial board would like to give a special thank you to Takata's whistle-blower - Mark Lillie - for checking for inaccuracies in this post * Takata Kabushiki Gaisha (Takata Corp) was a company established in 1933 by the Takada family which manufactured automotive parts such as seatbelts, airbag systems, child restraint systems, and … Continue reading Death from the inside: An analysis of the murderous business strategy of Takata corporation
A renewed impetus in the gender debate – propelled by Fourth-Wave Feminism and most notably by the #metoo movement – is leading us to re-evaluate accepted practices of the past and rectify problematic practices that have spilled over into the present (see also the previous article on #metoo and Corporate Investment). But what about the … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence, Gender Bias, and the Responsibility of Tech Companies
Dr. Rod Wallace contributes to today’s guest post. He is a Fulbright Fellow, economist, consultant, and speaker who helps businesses make more money by solving society’s problems. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can be more than society crying for help. It can also represent a fundamentally new approach to creating profit that will enhance investor return … Continue reading Guest Post: Desire for a Return to “Original Social Responsibility”
Acting as an international expert in the area of corruption and good governance for the Council of Europe - Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law, I have recently been given the honour of working within the project CLEP (Controlling corruption through Law Enforcement and Prevention), which aims at supporting the reform of the … Continue reading Anti-corruption corporate white list: A further step towards the establishment of good corporate citizenship?
A new video lecture of the series Digital CSR is now available. It was a privilege to host a special guest lecture within my Corporate Governance module at Coventry University Law School, which was delivered by Gabriella Margherito and Michael Knight-Robson that are two recognized experts in anti-financial crime compliance in the banking sector. The lecture, … Continue reading Digital CSR (Video): Compliance programs as a way to foster good corporate governance in the financial sector