Canada’s New Social Contract Part I: The Moral Imperative

  • April 12, 2015
  • 3:30 pm
  • Isabel Bader Theatre

Did the 2010 suicides at Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing company who has contracts with Apple, Sony and HP, give you pause about who you were going to buy your next laptop or mobile phone from? As a consumer what are your moral expectations of the companies whose products you buy? Twenty years ago, the notions of the conscious consumerism and corporate responsibility were but vague ideas. Today we have corporate report cards.

Spur launches a year-long, national series exploring The Moral Economy—that is, the intersection between public permission to operate and important sectors of the Canadian economy, in the first instance the extractive resource sector.

Join Canadian Research Chair in Cultural Studies and professor at the University of Alberta, Imre Szeman, Chris MacDonald and Allan Hutchinson as they explore the dynamics of our shifting moral expectations. Are Canadians persuaded by moral arguments, statistics, or do we follow our own gut instincts? Globe and Mail public policy columnist Konrad Yakabuski moderates.

  • Free



Imre Szeman’s research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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