Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes
Top 25 Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes
No 1 (Best quote!)
Man above all institutions!
- William Lloyd Garrison
(1805-79), American anti-slavery campaigner, pictured right.
The institution, in turn, is itself an organ of society and exists only to contribute a needed result to
society, the economy, and the individual,
- Peter Drucker, pictured right, in Management: Tasks, Responsibilities,
John Browne, boss of BP, the British oil company,
1995-2007, pictured right. agrees:
A good, successful business is part of society and exists to meet society’s needs.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from
their regard to their own interest.
- Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
(1776), pictured right.
But Smith also attacks selfishness in The Wealth of Nations:
All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim
of the masters of mankind.
In The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), Smith emphasizes moral responsibility:
Humanity, justice, generosity and public spirit are the qualities most useful to others.
For years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The difference did
not exist. Our company is too big. It goes with the welfare of the country,
- Charles E. Wilson (1890–1961) president of General Motors, 1941–53, pictured right.
With rights come responsibilities.
- Thomas Paine (1737-1809),
English philosopher, pictured right.
Richard Branson (1950- ),
the founder of the British company, pictured right, Virgin, agrees:
Success must bring obligations.
A fella ain’t got a soul of his own, just a little of a big soul – the one big soul that belongs to
-Tom Joad (Henry Fonda in the film,The Grapes of Wrath,
Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933), the American
management expert, pictured right.agrees:
I am an individual not as far as I am apart from, but as far as I am a part of other men. Evil is
Politics without principle, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character,
commerce without morality, science without humanity and worship without sacrifice.
(the seven social sins)
-Mahatma ( Mohandas)
Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian leader and philosopher, pictured right.
George Cadbury (1839-1922), British chocolate
manufacturer, pictured right, also comments:
What is the good of having principles, unless you are prepared to suffer for them?
Society has claims on us all.
(from Pride and Prejudice)
- Jane Austen (1775-1817), English writer,
Less government in business and more business in government.
- Henry Ford (1863–1947), American car
manufacturer, pictured right.
The business of business is business.
- Alfred Sloan, chief executive of General Motors
1923-46, pictured right.
Virtue springs not from possessions, but from virtue springs possessions and all other human blessings, whether
for the individual or for society.
- Socrates (470-399 BC), Greek
philosopher, pictured right.
To act responsibly means to take into account the consequences of one’s actions for others as well as for
- Allan Flanders (1910-73) British employee relations
lecturer, pictured right.
A company that makes a profit from society has a responsibility to return something to that society.
- Anita Roddick (1942-
2007) founder of The Body Shop, the British cosmetics retailer, pictured right.
If we each selfishly pursue only what we believe to be in our own interest, without caring about the needs of
others, we not only may end up harming others but also ourselves,
- the Dalai Lama (1935- ),Tibetan leader, pictured
A generous heart, kind service, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
- Gautama Buddha (563-483 BC),
founder of Buddhism, pictured right.
Profit is the measure of right.
Hobbes (1588-1679) English philosopher, pictured right.
Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all
- Marie Curie (1867-1934) Polish-born
French physicist, pictured right.
Dad always used to say the only causes worth fighting for were the lost causes,
- Jefferson Smith (James Stewart in the film, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, pictured
Making progress with the community, not at the expense of the community.
- Walter Reuther (1907-70)
American union leader, pictured right.
There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities
designed to increase its profits so long as it...engages in open and free competition, without deception or
- Milton and Rose Friedman, pictured right,
in Capitalism and
Much is required from the person to whom much is given.
- Jesus (in Luke 12:48)
Doing good is good for business,
- Richard Branson (1950- ), pictured right.
English founder of Virgin.
Care for both the man and the dollar; but in cases of conflict the man before the dollar,
- Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), pictured right,
The betterment of society is...a responsibility to be shared by all.
- David Packard (1912-96),
pictured right.American co-founder of Hewlett-Packard (HP)
I believe the consumer is a force for good in society, an engine for growth and sustainability.
- Terry Leahy (1956-), chief executive of Tesco,
1997-2011, pictured right.