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Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes


Top 25 Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

Man above all institutions!

William Lloyd Garrison (1805-79), American anti-slavery campaigner, pictured right.



No 2Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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, Practices (1973)

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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.



No 3Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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.



No 4Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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.



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No 5

With rights come responsibilities.

- Thomas Paine (1737-1809), English philosopher, pictured right.

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Richard Branson (1950- ), the founder of the British company, pictured right, Virgin, agrees:

Success must bring obligations.



No 6Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

A fella ain’t got a soul of his own, just a little of a big soul – the one big soul that belongs to ever’body,

-Tom Joad (Henry Fonda in the film,The Grapes of Wrath, pictured right).

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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 non-relation.



No 7Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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.


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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?



No 8Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

Society has claims on us all.

(from Pride and Prejudice)

- Jane Austen (1775-1817), English writer, pictured right  



No 9Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

Less government in business and more business in government.

- Henry Ford (1863–1947), American car manufacturer, pictured right.



No 10Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

The business of business is business.

- Alfred Sloan, chief executive of General Motors 1923-46, pictured right.



No 11Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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.



No 12Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

To act responsibly means to take into account the consequences of one’s actions for others as well as for oneself.

- Allan Flanders (1910-73) British employee relations lecturer, pictured right.



No 13Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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.



No 14Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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 right.



No 15Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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.



No 16Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

Profit is the measure of right.

- Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) English philosopher, pictured right.



No 17Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.

- Marie Curie (1867-1934) Polish-born French physicist, pictured right.



No 18Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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 right).



No 19Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

Making progress with the community, not at the expense of the community.

- Walter Reuther (1907-70) American union leader, pictured right.



No 20Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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 fraud,

- Milton and Rose Friedman, pictured right, in Capitalism and Freedom (1962).Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes



No 21

Much is required from the person to whom much is given.

- Jesus (in Luke 12:48)



No 22Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

Doing good is good for business,

- Richard Branson (1950- ), pictured right. English founder of Virgin.



No 23Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

Care for both the man and the dollar; but in cases of conflict the man before the dollar,

- Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), pictured right, American president.



No 24Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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)



No 25Corporate Social Responsibility Quotes

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.


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