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Why Corporate Social Responsibility Isn't a Piece of Cake by Henry Mintzberg, José Carlos Marques

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Why Corporate Social Responsibility Isn’t a Piece of Cake

Although corporations can play important roles in addressing some of society’s problems, it’s naïve to think that corporate social responsibility can turn the corporate landscape into a win-win wonderland.

José Carlos Marques and Henry Mintzberg

SUMMER 2015

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) isn’t a piece of cake. It is fraught with contradictions, subject to political challenges and demands deep commitment. So let’s stop sugarcoating it. Relying on the familiar clichés — “doing well by doing good,” finding “win-win solutions” and being a “good corporate citizen” — accomplishes little in the bigger scheme of things. In fact, these platitudes sometimes encourage corporate social

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