When (if ever) should businesses view themselves as having “corporate social responsibility,” independently of their duty to their shareholders? What should be the legal implications of such decisions, for instance under religious exemption regimes (as in Hobby Lobby)? Professor David Yosifon‘s podcast series collects several conversations, including with my colleague Stephen Bainbridge and with me. Here’s a list of the episodes so far:

1. The Corporate Paradox – David Yosifon

2. Shareholder Exclusivity – Stephen Bainbridge

3. Fiduciary Exemption – Robert Rhee

4. Eat Drink Politics – Michele Simon

5. The Dalai Lama and Corporate Law – David Yosifon

6. Religious Rights of Corporations, Part 1 – Eugene Volokh

7. Religious Rights of Corporations, Part 2 – Kent Greenfield

I realize talk of “social responsibility” can often sound quite fuzzy and goody-goody. But there are genuinely important and complicated questions in play here, having to do with agency costs, the corporate manager/corporate owner relationship, interests such as patriotism as well as humanitarianism, and of course religious exemption rights.