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University of Chicago Press
April 29, 2022
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.86 inches | 1.24 pounds
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About the Author
Danielle Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Rebecca Henderson is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a fellow of both the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Josh Simons is a postdoctoral fellow in technology and democracy at the Edmond J. Safra Centre for Ethics at Harvard University. Leah Downey is a PhD candidate in government at Harvard University and a visiting academic at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute.
Despite polarized attitudes, Rebecca Henderson argues that it's the perfect time for companies to reset their moral compass. In an essay from the book A Political Economy of Justice, she explores the social efforts of Cadbury and Unilever. Henderson says companies and societies have long had qualms about the pursuit of profit only for profit's sake. In early capitalist Renaissance Italy, for instance, lending money was considered a sin. Plus, she points to Walmart, founded in 1962 with a mission of making consumer goods more affordable for a broader swath of low-income Americans. Her chapter, "Reimagining Capitalism: Could Purpose-Driven Firms Help to Build a Just and Sustainable World?" also explores corporate partnerships that support social good, such as one that Unilever pioneered to unite a group of companies to sustainably produce palm oil.-- "Harvard Business School Working Knowledge"