Robert C. Hinkley

Robert C. Hinkley is a former corporate law partner in two of America’s largest law firms.  He is also the originator of the Code for Corporate Citizenship, a 28 word modification in the corporate law to the duty of directors designed to improve corporate behavior.  His recently released book: Time to Change Corporations: Closing the Citizenship Gap, can be purchased through Amazon.com where it is available both in paperback and for Kindle users as well. 

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Friday, January 13, 2012 - 11:52am
More Than One Kind of Capitalism
The Republican candidates for president seem intent on having a debate regarding Bain Capital’s business model and Mitt Romney’s role in it. At issue is whether the company engaged in anti-social behavior which though legal, harmed America’s public interest by eliminating thousands of jobs.
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Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 11:34am
Time for a Real Debate: Are Corporations People?
"Corporations are people, my friend... of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings my friend." —Mitt Romney
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Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 8:56am
Changing the Corporation
The corporation is no more than an aggregation of capital managed for the proportional benefit of those who supply it. It is a system controlled by managers, administrators and clerks largely for the benefit of passive investors looking for a higher return than they can earn elsewhere. It makes no sense that government should provide the very wealthy with a tool that poses a continuous threat to the public interest. Government's job is to protect the public interest, not sponsor those that destroy it.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 12:24pm
The Best Interests of the Corporation
Every day legal corporate behavior causes much more damage to the commons than corporate illegal behavior. Electricity generators do not break the law when they emit billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year warming the Earth to dangerous levels. No law is broken when automobile manufacturers put out millions of vehicles that contribute to the same problem. Tobacco companies do not break the law when their products kill nearly 5 million people a year. Consumer goods companies are within the law when they buy from third world suppliers who operate swea
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Monday, August 17, 2009 - 9:55am
The Commons Exposed
America, America God mend thine every flaw Confirm thy soul in self-control Thy liberty in law. America the Beautiful, Second Verse
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Friday, November 30, 2007 - 3:31pm
Corporate Citizenship--Oxymoron or Necessity
"America, America God mend thine every flaw Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law." -- America the Beautiful, Second verse A little less than ten years ago, I had lunch with a friend and university professor. He was trying to get the CEOs of big companies to promote human rights in the workplace for their Asian subsidiaries. He asked me, "Why is it that when I speak to these guys, they don't seem interested? It's not that they are against it. They just don't think it's relevant."
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Monday, April 2, 2007 - 2:35pm
Another Inconvenient Truth
Government in the liberal democracies of the developed world is based on an experiment undertaken in the last half of the 18th century. That experiment theorized that the public interest could be protected under a system of laws enacted by the vote of the people's elected representatives.Under this system, people are free to do as they please as long as no law has been passed restricting their freedom. Laws are not passed restricting freedom until legal behaviour damages the public interest to the point where it makes another law necessary.
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Saturday, January 19, 2002 - 12:45pm
How Corporate Law Inhibits Social Responsibility
After 23 years as a corporate securities attorney--advising large corporations on securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions--I left my position as partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom because I was disturbed by the game. I realized that the many social ills created by...
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