Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 154, Issue 4, pp 977–988 | Cite as

Corporate Personhood and the Corporate Responsibility to Race

  • Nneka LoganEmail author
Original Paper


Often overlooked in studies of the corporation is the recognition that the modern corporate form and its power are rooted in the issue of race, and more specifically, in racial oppression. The racialized roots of the corporation become exposed when we acknowledge the significance of slavery and the Fourteenth Amendment to the evolution of the corporate form along with the discriminatory role corporations have traditionally played in shaping race relations in the U.S. This article draws upon several theoretical perspectives, primarily critical race theory, management theory, legal studies, diversity management, and corporate social responsibility to introduce the corporate responsibility to race concept and establish it as a new basis for understanding why corporate persons have a responsibility for improving race relations.


Corporate social responsibility Corporate personhood Race Public relations 


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Conflict of interest

Nneka Logan declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Research Involving Human and Animal Participants

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by the author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CommunicationVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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