Argument For Corporate Social Responsibility

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Arguing for Corporate Social Responsibility
Introduction:
The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) originated in 19537 with the publication of Bowen’s book Social Responsibilities of Businessmen (Carrol, 1999). Some perceived that at that time, the emphasis is placed on business people’s social conscience, rather than on the company itself. Some argue that corporate entities do not have any social responsibility except the ones that were written in agreement with government while establishing corporate entities, whereas others justify that corporate entities do have social responsibility. The roots of critics of CSR are so old that it is a challenge to the neoclassical business model itself (Valor, 2005). According to Smith (2005), there are five major arguments against corporate social responsibility. These are the problem of competing claims, competitive disadvantage, competence, fairness and legitimacy. We will discuss below the arguments made against the concept of CSR and also we will counter argue these prepositions.
Is only social responsibility of business is to create shareholder wealth?
First important arguments against CSR come from Friedman (2007). He argues that CSR is not in the shareholders’ interest and the idea that companies have a responsibility to act in the public interest and will profit from doing so is fundamentally flawed.. He argues that moral responsibility of the company is also to maximize the benefits for its shareholder. And spending
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