The purpose that companies serve in society is being debated by legal scholars, policymakers, courts, the media, and corporate leaders. Many companies are going “beyond compliance” with the law to implement policies that aim to align with the values of their shareholders, employees, customers, and other stakeholders. An increasing number are engaging in political activism and activities that were traditionally conducted by non-profits. This evolution of corporate purpose raises complex legal and ethical questions, which impacts the role of lawyers advising companies.
The Business in Society Institute’s mission is to prepare lawyers to address this new landscape. In furtherance of this mission, the institute conducts research, teaches courses, hosts symposia, and provides fellowships and internships for students to engage with this emerging and impactful area.
More information on the Business in Society Institute’s 2019 Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum may be found here.
The Private Sector’s Rising Voice In Gun Violence Prevention symposium, held in partnership with Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence is postponed for a date in Fall 2019 TBD due to PG&E Power Outages and UC Berkeley Campus Closure.
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