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A session at Davos highlighted the consequences of capitalism. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Can capitalism solve capitalism’s problems?

As capitalism's image crumbles, many of the world's biggest companies are trying to give it new life by showing it can mean more than just making money.
McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook was terminated by his board after admitting to a consensual relationship with another company employee. (Alyssa Schukar/AP Images for McDonald's)

McDonald’s upheaval is a stern reminder to CEOs about ethics

The attitudes and behaviour of employees are impacted much more strongly by the actions of their bosses than by their words. And the CEO is the most visible and powerful role model of all.
In this May 2013 photo, residents walk past a cordon of soldiers standing guard at a checkpoint in San Rafael Las Flores, Guatemala, near a mine owned by Tahoe Resources Inc. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

Courts are handcuffed on corporate human rights abuses abroad

Despite a recent Tahoe Resources settlement and apology to Guatemalan protesters, Canadian companies can still get away with crimes committed abroad — even in the face of insurmountable evidence.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks to the audience during his special address on corporate responsibility and the role of women in a changing world during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Markus Schreiber

Why does Justin Trudeau succumb to corporate pressure?

On the heels of the SNC-Lavalin controversy, the Liberals have once again yielded to industry pressure and weakened their commitment to corporate accountability for Canadian companies abroad.

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