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Corporate Social Responsibility and Religious Freedom

 

In keeping with our vision of "Growing Moral and Ethical Leadership," the BYU Management Society espouses the idea that businesses have responsibilities to a wider range of stakeholders in society than just their shareholders, and are powerful agents for change in their communities. Many businesses do so by adopting CSR programs that include the advancement and protection of various human rights, including the right to religious freedom.

 

According to Elder Quentin L. Cook:

 

Religious freedom all over the world is...under attack. It is important for [all of us] to become well educated on this issue and assume responsibility for ensuring that it is passed on to future generations.... My challenge is that you join with people of all faiths who feel accountable to God in defending religious freedom so it can be a beacon for morality.... Be an active participant, not a silent observer. (BYU-Idaho Commencement Address, December 16, 2011)

 

Religious Freedom Linked to Economic Growth, Finds Global Study

Landmark Study

Washington, D.C., May 29, 2014 – Religious freedom is one of only three factors significantly associated with global economic growth, according to a new study by researchers at Georgetown University and Brigham Young University. The study looked at GDP growth for 173 countries in 2011 and controlled for two-dozen different financial, social, and regulatory influences.

 

Read the full details here: http://religiousfreedomandbusiness.org/2/post/2014/05/religious-freedom-linked-to-economic-growth-finds-global-study.html

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Resources

Summary - Corporate Responsibility and Religious Freedom
J. Reuben Clark Law Society - Defending Religious Freedom Presentation
J. Reuben Clark Law Society - First Amendment/Fundamental Freedoms Initiative
Brian Grim and Gregory Clark - Business and Religious Freedom Foundation
New foundation promotes religious freedom as good for business - Read More