Welcome to the Corporate Responsibility Network website.
This site was established in 2009, through an AHRC-funded project aimed at developing an international network of academics and professionals with an interest in corporate and white-collar crime.
It was intended to become a repository for relevant information in all areas related to corporate crime and responsibility: new and proposed legislation, breaking cases and judicial decisions interpreting laws relating to corporate criminality.
The project was initially led by Professor James Gobert and Dr Ana-Maria Pascal from the School of Law, University of Essex, and it has so far brought together academics and professionals from three continents (see the list of Members). Professor Gobert has taught and published extensively in the field of corporate crime over a 15-year period. Dr Pascal was the UK Director of the Centre for Corporate Accountability (CCA), a London-based charity concerned with worker and public safety. She was also a Lecturer and Senior Researcher at University of Essex, and is now Senior Lecturer and Pathway Leader for Postgraduate American Business Programmes at Regent’s University London. She teaches Corporate Responsibility and Society, Business Ethics, and White-Collar Crime.
Following Professor Gobert’s retirement in 2011, Dr Pascal took over the project and developed it independently from the University of Essex. Since then, the scope of the Network has widened, to include corporate responsibility and corporate governance issues. Current research interests include multinationals’ responsibility for human rights; state complicity in corporate crime; the cultural roots of principles of criminal liability in different jurisdictions; conversely, the impact of ethical jurisprudence on different systems of corporate governance; and the business case for ethical investment.
In its current form, the website is supported by Regent’s University London. With its dynamic, interdisciplinary ethos, Regent’s University is the perfect environment to host such a diverse group as the Corporate Responsibility Network. We thank our colleagues from the Regent’s University London, American College for their collegiality and generous support.
Between 2012 and 2014, the new website was supported by the University of Bristol Law School. We thank our colleagues from Bristol Law School for their generous support. This project was initially supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the University of Essex, where the project was based between 2009/2010.
I don’t have any answers on the subject of corporate accountability, only questions. Hard ones too. I don’t usually get any answers, but it’s important to keep asking the questions. Something happens when I do.