… can we now expect a tsunami of cheats that will be revealed… is it the end of CSR?
Do you remember him, the bicycle-athlete who deceived everybody during most of his career – Lance Armstrong, or the sprinter Ben Johnsson, or Justin Gatlin – the list of cheaters seems to be endless. (An incomplete list of doping cases can be found Here – and these are only those who have been found...)
If athletes are tested positive for doping, they are almost always suspended for a period of three or more years, some countries are even drafting legal bills that would lead to imprisonment. On top of this the cheating athlete is publicly disgraced and sometimes stripped of their medals and titles.
This is the punishment society deems reasonable in relation to the extent of cheating – which simplified can be described as; “Cheating from the rules of fair play”.
What happens if a corporation cheats – from the rules of fair play, from legal demands, from Social Responsibility or from ethics…?
…could it be that corporations get away with cheating easier than individuals – is it yet another “Too Big to fail” phenomenon…?
Let’s take a look at some “big-time” cheats, and you can judge for yourself. Continue reading