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real world social responsibility June 2, 2009

Posted by Bradley in : Uncategorized , trackback

I just got back to Miami from the Law and Society conference in Denver, where I talked about my paper on credit rating agencies and heard about a lot of interesting work on regulation and governance in general and the financial crisis in particular. At the hotel where I stayed, part of a large chain, they had one of those environmental programmes which invited guests to re-use towels and sheets. These programmes don’t seem to me to work perfectly – even if you hang up the towels they sometimes seem to get replaced, and the rooms aren’t always adapted well to the need to hang up a used wash cloth, for example. I don’t mean that such programmes aren’t genuinely intended to be environmentally friendly, but the PR may be more splashy than any real impact. So this makes me wonder (and not for the first time) how real much corporate social responsibility is.

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