In the eyes of the IRS and U.S. law, a corporation is a ‘person.’ While this view may be a convenience to the IRS and the courts, not to mention a lawyer or two, the rest of us cannot escape the fact that, in order for a corporation to be a person in anything other than the titular sense, it must have, besides a head, a heart and a soul. How many corporations might we collectively name, however, that manifest, in behavior and attitude, the guiding presence of anything even remotely resembling a heart or a soul?
GM? JPMorgan? Monsanto? Wells Fargo? Sprint? Duke Energy? Pfizer? Facebook? Exxon Mobil? Delta Airlines? Comcast? Amazon? AT&T?
What every corporation is, in the fullest sense (by nature of the beast, so to say), is a hydra-like creature of at least nine heads, with each head representing a specific entity of self-interest, to wit: Managers. Directors. Stockholders. Employees. Suppliers. Marketers. Dealers. Lenders. Customers.
In effect, then, GM, JPMorgan, Monsanto, and the rest (to include every corporate ‘person’ on the planet) can only be as responsible or as moral or as ethical as its various stake-holders individually and collectively require it to be.
In other words, as Pogo once famously said, “We have met the enemy and they is us.”