Corporate Personhood and the Corporate Responsibility to Race

Abstract

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.

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Logan, N. Corporate Personhood and the Corporate Responsibility to Race. J Bus Ethics 154, 977–988 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-018-3893-3

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Keywords

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate personhood
  • Race
  • Public relations