Should companies have a conscience? (Editorial, Feb. 25, 2002)By John Hobel02/25/2002|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/23/2002 Often obscured by the violence of anti-globalization demonstrators are legitimate questions about how human rights and social values will fare in a new world economy. If nations are going to trade together on a level playing field doesn’t that require agreement on respecting workers’ rights and protecting the environment from industrial pollution? Or are more enlightened states to suffer a market disadvantage versus those that employ child labour, ignore human rights and operate without pollution controls or environmental safeguards.All of this falls under the banner of corporate social responsibility — or CSR — a term we’re likely to hear more of in the coming years as the role of business in society is debated.There is a philosophy that states corporations have no CSR obligations. They are responsible to shareholders and exist to make profit. The benefit to society is job creation. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.