23rd Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers

Moral Responsibilities of Firms


Prof. Dr. N. Craig Smith


Professor Dr. N. Craig Smith has been on the INSEAD faculty for the past eleven years as the INSEAD Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He was previously on the faculties of London Business School, Georgetown University, and Harvard Business School. His research is at the intersection of business and society, encompassing business ethics, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and sustainability. As well as a broad interest in organisational or managerial good and bad conduct, at the core of much of his research is a focus on developing understanding of corporate accountability. His current research projects examine corporate political activism, the CSR mandate in India, boards and sustainability, sustainable consumption, and whether employees will sacrifice pay to work for more socially responsible firms. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of eight books and forty academic articles in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, California Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, and MIT Sloan Management Review, as well as various book chapters and other publications. Smith has developed over fifty case studies on business ethics and CSR/sustainability, including a number of award-winners and best-sellers. His most recent books are: The Moral Responsibility of Firms (with Eric W. Orts, 2017) and Managing Sustainable Business: An Executive Education Case and Textbook (with Gilbert G. Lenssen, 2018). At INSEAD, he teaches MBA and executive courses in business ethics, compliance, and strategic corporate social responsibility and sustainability. He is also the director for the Healthcare Compliance Implementation Leadership Programme in Fontainebleau and the Ethics and Compliance Leadership Programme in Singapore. As well as a regular speaker at international conferences, he conducts workshops with various organisations on business ethics and corporate responsibility/sustainability, including board level workshops on sustainability as part of the UN Global Compact Board Programme. He also serves on the Scientific Committee of Vigeo, the corporate social responsibility rating agency.