Mental burdens

Studies in corporate responsibility (CR) have found that many large companies seem to fulfil the psychiatric criteria for psychopaths.

by Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management 2006, DOI: 10.1002/csr.113, Vol 13 Issue 2, 2006
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

Such practices as treating customers and employees harshly through sudden termination of contracts or employment, transferring operations from country to country in order to minimise costs, products and production methods that endanger health, denying wrongdoing, breaking human rights and other laws can all be seen as fitting the various categories of classic psychopathic behaviour.

Working in such companies becomes a huge mental burden for managers and employees. But there is a solution in the form of using ethical principles employed by individuals in their personal lives: people share the same sense of morality, irrespective of their religion and background. If key individuals realise that the ethical principles they use in their personal life also apply in business life, the 'spell' will be broken and they will overcome organisational resistance to genuine corporate responsibility.

Source: From CR-psychopaths to responsible corporations: waking up the inner Sleeping Beauty of companies Tarja Ketola
Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management 2006, DOI: 10.1002/csr.113, Vol 13 Issue 2, 2006

Review by Steve Lodge

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