Preserving Human Rights is Good for Business

In 2003, a documentary was released that offered a pointed perspective on the modern publicly traded corporation. Among the many claims of the documentary — The Corporation — was that, since a corporation is considered a legal person under the law what would happen if we examined its personality? The filmmakers’ conclusion? The general characteristics of the modern corporation were those that were shared by a human sociopath.

The documentary is based on a book by Joel Bakan, a law professor at the University of British Columbia who undertook the research…