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With governments seemingly giving up their responsibility to keep people safe, it is time for businesses to take the lead on health and safety. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Businesses have the responsibility to invest in health and safety when governments fail to

We expect businesses to be more socially and environmentally responsible by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and eliminating harmful business practices — why don’t we do the same for COVID-19?
McDonald’s is leaving Russia after three decades of operating there. Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Foreign companies exiting Russia echo the pressure campaign against South Africa’s racist apartheid system

Corporate pressure campaigns usually work best in partnership with local institutions. While Russia’s civic organizations are generally weak, there are some signs of growing defiance.
A closed Mango store in a shopping mall in St. Petersburg, Russia. The company temporarily suspended operations in Russia in March to protest the invasion of Ukraine, joining a global corporate boycott against the country. (Shutterstock)

Companies leaving Russia are caving to public pressure, not actually making a difference

We should demand greater social responsibility from businesses, but pressuring them to undertake responsibilities that only governments can address is the wrong way to get there.
Muscovites rushed to buy furniture and other goods from IKEA before it closed its Russian stores. AP Photo/Vladimir Kondrashov

Why Apple, Disney, IKEA and hundreds of other Western companies are abandoning Russia with barely a shrug

Over 300 companies so far have closed stores, reassigned staff or halted sales in Russia in the two weeks since the invasion began.
Bribery of foreign public officials is of particular concern for Canada, considering the tendency for Canadian multinationals to engage in bribery and corruption in the Global South. (Shutterstock)

Artificial intelligence and corporate social responsibility can strengthen anti-corruption efforts

While social responsibility can help establish a culture founded on transparency and accountability, AI tools can assist companies in implementing these values within the organization.
In this April 2013 photo, Bangladeshis gather as rescuers look for survivors and victims at the site of the Rana Plaza building that collapsed a day earlier, in Savar, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/A.M.Ahad)

Corporate social responsibility commitments: All talk, no action

Until there are global standards for authentic corporate social responsibility efforts, we will continue to see local impoverishment, hazardous waste and tragic labour accidents in the Global South.
Ghanaian voters are among the most sophisticated in sub-Saharan Africa. Kwame Amo/Shutterstock

Good deeds can influence voters: an election strategy for parties in Ghana to try

Political social responsibility has benefits for parties and candidates across the political spectrum.

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