CSR and virtue ethics: The common good of firms, markets, and civil society

Germán Scalzo*, Javier Pinto-Garay, Kleio Akrivou

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This chapter probes the social responsibility of firms using a virtue ethics approach and the concept of the common good. In particular, it highlights the contrasting assumptions of mainstream approaches and the common good of the firm approach to explaining how the latter—rooted in Aristotelian virtue ethics—provides an original conception of social responsibility. A common good approach to social justice understands social relationships essentially as duties to which one voluntarily adheres; when said justice and commitment to the common good flourishes, community ensues. Finally, a virtue ethics approach to corporate social responsibility establishes three forms of duty and social responsibility to stakeholders, including those who make up the firm, those who maintain a market-based relationship with it, and those who are related to the firm as part of society’s civic sphere.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Corporate Social Responsibility
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003152651
ISBN (Print)9780367713096
StatePublished - 26 Aug 2021

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