While corporations are large entities with tremendous influence, they are not invincible and not without responsibilities owed their internal operations, as well as the larger community they serve. Though corporations have unprecedented power and influence in our communities, their power is not above the rule of law or beyond what the Constitution allows.
Corporations must be held accountable for human and civil rights violations against workers and the environments they do business in. The essence of corporate accountability means that corporations have an obligation to protect the human rights of their workers and those who are abused by companies must have access to the legal remedy in seeking redress in a court of law. Those abuses include workplace discrimination and employee rights violation.
At Patterson Justice Counsel, we strongly believe that companies have an obligation to refrain from causing harm to the environment, individuals or communities, and must demonstrate a sacred obligation to protect society and the environment—by protecting the rights of workers and communities affected by business activities.
Workers and communities that are at the receiving end of corporate irresponsibility – where companies are complicit in violations of the law have a legal recourse that includes but not limited to mobilizing legal mechanics within the law to enforce equitable social standards and to uphold the rule of law.