Law 165 - Corporate Social Responsibility

Stephen M. Bainbridge

Stephen M. Bainbridge

William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A. Western Maryland College, 1980
M.S. Chemistry, University of Virginia, 1983
J.D. University of Virginia, 1985
UCLA Faculty Since 1997
Course Description:

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been defined as “the continuing commitment by business to contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the community and society at large.” Some (but I believe not all) Business Associations sections devote 1 class period to corporate social responsibility issues. This course will provide a more detailed overview of CSR’s legal, ethical, and business landscape. What are the legal rules governing CSR? What changes in those rules have been effected by new organizational forms such as the benefit corporation (B Corp) or the low-profit limited liability company (L3C)? What is the case for CSR? What is the case against CSR? Readings will include cases, statutes, academic articles, and essays. Brief reaction papers discussing the issues raised by the readings will be submitted prior to the relevant class session.