CSR Investment Is Not A Choice [case of Del Monte Kenya]

Author: Toby Kent, independent consultant, in Ethical Corporation Magazine, Published on: 30 October 2001

Was Milton Friedman right in his assertion that the business of business is simply to keep within the law and to maximise profits? Or, does the power of corporations bring with it social responsibilities; what many argue are the trappings of power? Toby Kent draws upon a specific case of Del Monte in Kenya [DMKL, was part of Cirio]...animosity between DMKL’s management, staff and neighbouring communities grew to such an extent that by 2000 the unions, local NGOs and representatives of the Catholic church combined to organise a boycott of Del Monte’s products in Italy, one of the company’s key export markets.

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Related companies: Del Monte Kenya (part of Fresh Del Monte Produce)