Good Companies: How to Rate them and Make them

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What is it that distinguishes virtuous companies? Why is it that some companies are dedicated to sustainability and serving the broad common good while others seem only to serve the narrow financial interests of investors or owners? Why are some enterprises focused around or even committed to generously sharing their resources in the service of others? How do rating agencies measure 'good companies'?Who are these enterprises and what motivated them or enabled them to pursue such noble aims? What can we learn from them? We will undertake a participatory exercise.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, Sustainability, Socially Responsible Investment
Stream: Economics and Management
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Robert Girling

Professor, School of Business, Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA, USA

Professor Robert H. Girling has been a member of the faculty at Sonoma State University since 1976 where he is Professor in the School of Business Administration. He has taught at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, The Federal University of Minias Gerais, Brazil, the University of the West Indies, American University and the University of California. Previous professional experience includes consulting with the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations, and the International Center for Research on Women. He has served as Director of Regional Development for the Government of Jamaica, president of the faculty union, and as a member of the California State University Statewide Academic Senate, and on the boards of non-governmental organizations He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, CNPq, Brazil,and the International Labour Office. In 1994 .He was selected as Sonoma State University’s outstanding professor and in 2005 was awarded as a Fulbright Senior Scholar.

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