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Corporate responsibility

Competitiveness partnerships

Governments that listen to the private sector are more likely to design credible and workable reforms, while entrepreneurs who understand what their government is trying to achieve with a program of reforms are more likely to accept and support them.

Applying Rousseau to the corporate world

Milton Freidman claimed that “the business of business is business.” In the latest issue of the McKinsey Quarterly, Ian Davis disagrees. He also speaks out against what he calls the “fuzzy” arguments of corporate social responsibility. He writes from somewhere in between these two “tired ideological positions” :

The power of a NYTimes op-ed?

On Tuesday we discussed Tom Standage’s New York Times op-ed challenging us to change our bottled water habits. (See the letters the Times received from readers.)

Wednesday’s USA Today describes Starbuck’s response: