Though economists could agree on the existence of corporate responsibility, they differ in the fundamental definition of these responsibilities. Conservative economists, such as Milton Friedman, claim that business is most responsible when it makes profit efficiently, not when it misapplies its energy on social projects, where as in contrast, consumer activists, such as Ralph Nader, spell out responsibilities that include corporate contribution to the enhancement to the social well being.
In this paper, I will be discussing the fundamental idea behind the views of Milton Friedman and Ralph Nader towards Corporate Social Responsibility and analyzing the rationale behind the differences, quiet contrasting to each other, on the general principles that guide corporate responsibility towards the society.
Milton Friedman - The Anti-Corporate Social Responsibility
Milton Friedman was a conservative economist and an intellectual who made major contributions to the field of economics for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his achievements in the field of consumption analysis.