Human Rights Lecture with Samir Goswami on Corporate Social Responsibility
Last year, Amazon proudly posted “Black Lives Matter” across its social media platforms while also spending millions to defeat initiatives by its many Black and Brown workers to form a union that would help them improve wages and working conditions.
There are many examples of businesses publicly exclaiming that they are reducing their environmental footprint, donating to causes that promote social justice or encouraging their employees to give time and resources to the communities they live and work in. However, there are also many examples of corporate malfeasance where consumers have been cheated, environmental regulations have been broken, or workers have been exploited. Despite many public declarations of social responsibility by many businesses, the pursuit of corporate profit remains the key driver and metric of success.
In his lecture, Samir Goswami lays out a roadmap for what can be done to hold corporations accountable to community values and redefine the term "corporate social responsibility."
Goswami spent the past 20 years working on corporate responsibility issues. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress on corporate accountability issues. His opinion pieces have been published in the Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, World Affairs Journal, CNN.com, other outlets.
Currently, Goswami is the chief operating officer at Partnership on Artificial Intelligence. Previously, he served as managing director, individuals and communities at risk program at Amnesty International USA.
This event is hosted and organized by the SFC International Office.