Does a corporation have a soul? There are those who would argue that it does.
If the corporation has a soul, then it cannot be denied, the rights of free individuals in a civil society. If it does not have a soul, then, it does not have the essential human rights of an individual.
A corporation is not born with these God given rights, since it is legally formed by a charter, not birthed biologically by a mother. It is not human.
There has been a great deal of public relations manufactured by corporations. There are efforts to humanize itself, to lead us to believe it is an ethical being. This is especially true of my profession, under the disguise of philanthropy, it seeks public approval, that it is an ethical being.
It has become fashionably called corporate social responsibility or shared value, it represents the attempts of a corporation to humanize itself, by claiming it has a moral conscience. It can do well, by doing good.
Does a corporation have a conscience or a soul? Does it claim responsibility, or is it purely driven by shareholder interests, legal manipulation and profit motives?
If it has a moral conscience than it would freely undertake behavior that is antithetical to its profit seeking motive, at the expense of doing what’s best for the people and communities of our global society. Would it violate its policies or corporate charter to do dare to do the right thing?
If it behaves morally and responsibly against its profit driven mission, is it justifiable to its shareholders? That course of action would be highly impossible and impractical. How could a corporation behave for the greater good at the expense of its shareholders?
Wouldn’t that be out of it’s corporate character? How could it behave against shareholder interests? $? Wall Street reports on growth and revenues?
So then, is there such a thing as a The Corporate Soul. Or is a corporation completely devoid of an essential human quality, a moral conscience.
Therefore, if it has no soul or it is without a conscience, is it inherently in need of education, regulation and laws that govern compliance? It cannot reason morally or act out of conscience for the greater good at its own expense.
It has no guilt, honor or shame in its code of conduct. Is it contrary to the definition of a human being, since it is born without a soul? Is it born from our Creator? No, it rather is the ink on paper fruit of a legislator.
Therefore, must it be granted the rights and liberties of individuals granted at birth?
It is a legal entity, not a free born human being. Does it have a Soul, and can it act without a Corporate Soul.
Is there a Corporate Soul? What do you say?