University of Victoria Refuses to Publish Student Article on Corporate Social Responsibility
My son, Will Goldbeck, a 4th year student at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business, wrote a brief essay regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) responding to an UVIC online forum post about CSR. After encouragement from the forum administrator, he tried to get this essay published through formal UVIC avenues, to share his thoughts with a wider audience. Over the span of several months, UVIC refused to publish his essay under any means because it does not adhere to the prevailing opinion at UVIC which is very pro CSR.
His original article is published on our Talent At Work Blog. Another article was posted in the UVIC Student Newspaper discussing the decision not to post his essay.
There are two issues at hand. One is the growing atmosphere across North American campuses of militant close mindedness, which is quite disturbing.
The second is the legitimate discussion regarding CSR. CSR has many supporters and many positives but to suggest that there should be no challenges to the field risks reducing a influential school of thought to dogma. To state that Milton Friedman’s criticism of CSR lacks the academic credibility to be included in the discussion is ludicrous on the face of it, and risks diminishing the credibility of CSR and its proponents.
I agree with Will’s statement at the end of the newspaper article: “If I was a proponent of CSR, I would want as many people to disagree with me as possible at school because that’s how you really sharpen your ideas,” Will Goldbeck says. “I think that’s how arguments get better…you listen to the other side and you correct or you improve.”
About Will Goldbeck:
Will Goldbeck is a 4th year student at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and is currently completing his coop term as the Executive Assistant to Richard Peereboom at Investors Group Financial Services Inc. He is also the co-founder and owner of an events business, Vancouver Flipbook.