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In Britain, debates about how business should be conducted date back at least to the 18th-century controversies around the activities of the British East India Company, which held a monopoly on trade with India and, for an extended period, effectively administered much of India. The idea that companies should be judged not only on the size of their profits but also on the way that they treat their workers and the impact they have on the environment and the community became more prominent in Britain in the second half of the 19th century, after rapid industrialisation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 14 June 2010

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