Corporations around the world have long exercised their own brand of foreign policy. Recent months have seen several high-profile moves by prominent companies to reconcile their corporate reputations with their investment decisions. The risk of public backlash and subsequent lost profits has driven some companies to take stances on political issues. This issue brief documents several recent case studies of international corporate foreign policy decisions that can largely be seen as acts of corporate social responsibility.
Contemporary examples include corporate decisions about the Jamal Khashoggi murder, Israeli West Bank settlements, and Bangladeshi garment factories.