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The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility — Reprise

It seems as if CSR skeptic-in-chief Dr. Aneel Karnani of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has summoned, or at least ignited, the fires of socially progressive PR firm Fenton Communications.

Fenton’s New York City office has announced a webinar that will create a dialogue surrounding Karnani’s now infamous WSJ op/ed where he threw stones at the efficacy of CSR in lieu of state intervention. On the roster for the September 17 session (10:30am EDT) are:

Christine Arena – CSR blogger, author and CEO of “sparkUp”
Matthew Bishop – U.S. Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist
Bob Corcoran – Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, President & Chairman, GE Foundation
Aron Cramer – President and CEO, BSR
Chrystia Freeland – Global Editor-at-Large, ThomsonReuters
Georg Kell – Executive Director, UN Global Compact
Dr. Aneel Karnani – Associate Professor of Strategy, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Susan McPherson – Senior Vice President, Fenton
Dave Stangis – Vice President, CSR and Sustainability, Campbell Soup Company

Written by Lane Jost

A lifelong conservationist, angler, gardener and writer, Lane is a Corporate Responsibility strategy consultant based in Chicago, where he currently works a CR consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Prior to joining PwC, Lane was a global sustainability performance and stakeholder engagement specialist for Sodexo North America. He has experience in microfinance program evaluation at Grameen Foundation. A former President of the Net Impact Chapter at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Lane has a master's in International Development Economics from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD (IR/PS) and a bachelor's in history and international studies from Kenyon College. Prior to working in the sustainable business sphere, Lane spent six years as a communications and marketing professional focusing on arts and culture in New York City, where his work included the creation of the jazz website and serving as the publicist for the New York Philharmonic.


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