The ethics of shareholding

Journal of Business Ethics 37 (2):175 - 185 (2002)
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Abstract

The copy provided on ths site is a late draft. It provides a philosophical argument for the view that by and large it is morally wrong to buy shares in a company that is behaving badly unless you (if necessary acting together with others) are able and willing to prevent the misbehaviour. A key lemma in my argument concerns a chain of authorisation from the shareholders to the company's board to the CEO -- one in virtue of which shareholders are ultimately responsible for major patterns of wrongdoing by the company.

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Bruce Langtry
University of Melbourne

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