Journal of Business Ethics 45 (1-2):133 - 147 (2003)

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J. J. Graafland
Tilburg University
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This paper considers the distribution of responsibility for prevention of negative social or ecological effects of production and consumption. Responsibility is related to ability and ability depends on welfare. An increase in competition between Western companies depresses their profitability, but increases the welfare of Western consumers and,hence, their ability to acknowledge social values. Therefore, an increase in competition on consumer markets shifts the balance in responsibility from companies to consumers to prevent negative external effects from production and consumption patterns. An increase in competition on investor markets will shift the balance in an opposite direction.
Keywords ability  competition  corporate social responsibility  distribution  ethics  externalities  fairness
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DOI 10.1023/A:1024188916195
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Famine, Affluence, and Morality.Peter Singer - 1972 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 1 (3):229-243.
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