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Commentary: When a Workplace Tragedy is Also a Crime(Comments Off on Commentary: When a Workplace Tragedy is Also a Crime)

May 31, 2016

When we hear about shootings, bank robberies, or home invasions, we expect the perpetrators to be arrested, tried, and punished appropriately if they are found guilty. When an employer ignores workplace safety and causes a worker to be seriously injured or killed on the job, it is just as criminal, yet arrests and prosecutions are rare. Why does our justice system so often shield businesses, CEOs, and other executives from criminal charges when they gamble with workers’ lives?

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Drug Companies Pay Up in Illegal Marketing Cases, But Are Penalties Enough?

Big Pharma has written more than $30 billion in checks in the last 10 years to resolve government allegations of illegal marketing, according to consumer watchdog group Public Citizen. Yet those sums are essentially petty cash for the drug giants, says Public Citizen, amounting to less than 5 percent of the net profits raked in by the 11 largest global pharmaceuticals firms over a similar period.

The Conflict Between a Corporation’s Global Standards and National Law

China’s extensive state censorship is just one example of the challenges that companies frequently confront when doing business globally. In an excerpt from his new book, former GE legal counsel Ben W. Heineman, Jr. examines the “recurrent dilemma” confronting businesses when a corporation’s global ethical standards collide with national law.

Spotlight on Whole Foods CEO’s Ties to ‘Spiritual Leader with Troubled Past’

Whole Foods Market chief executive John Mackey serves as board chair of the Center for Integral Wisdom and has endorsed the think tank’s founder, Marc Gafni, a former rabbi who’s been accused of sexual misconduct in the past. Columnist Gael O’Brien discusses the potential impact of the controversial relationship on Whole Foods as a company and on the Conscious Capitalism movement Mackey has been promoting.


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