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N. Craig Smith

Senior Affiliate Professor of Ethics and Social Responsibility


Professor N. Craig Smith has been on the INSEAD faculty for the past ten years as the INSEAD Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He is also the Academic Director of the CSR & Ethics Research Group in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. He was previously on the faculties of London Business School, Georgetown University, and Harvard Business School. Smith directs the INSEAD Healthcare Compliance Implentation Leadership Programme.

Smith’s research is at the intersection of business and society, encompassing business/marketing ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability strategies. His current projects include research that examines different conceptions of the purpose of the firm; whether (and which) employees will sacrifice pay to work for more socially responsible firms; stakeholder judgments of value; and strategic drivers of corporate social responsibility/sustainability, including sustainable consumption. He is also conducting research as part of an EU-funded Horizons 2020 project on social innovation strategies to promote sustainability through community adoption of biogas.

Smith is the author, coauthor or coeditor of seven books and over thirty academic articles in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Professional Ethics Journal, California Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, and MIT Sloan Management Review, as well as various book chapters and other publications. He has developed over forty case studies on business ethics and CSR/sustainability, including many award-winners and best-sellers. His latest book is The Moral Responsibility of Firms (with Orts; published by Oxford University Press, 2017). Forthcoming later this year is Managing the Sustainable Business (with Lenssen; published by Springer). As well as a regular speaker at international conferences, he also conducts workshops with various organizations on business ethics and corporate responsibility/sustainability and serves on the Scientific Committee of Vigeo, the corporate social responsibility rating agency.

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The Sustainability Imperative for the Legal Profession

N. C. Smith, R. Soonieus

Lawyers should step up to help the world seize its “last best chance”.


Three Ways Digitalisation Changes Corporate Responsibility

N. C. Smith, L. Lankoski

The Fourth Industrial Revolution changes the 'who', 'whom' and 'what' of corporate responsibility.
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How Boards Can Steer Companies to “Build Back Better”

N. Craig Smith & Ron Soonieus

The momentum for sustainability is strong despite misgivings over current financial strains. Few businesses can afford to ignore it.


A New Framework for Corporate Activism

Knowing when – and how – to appropriately speak out on political issues is becoming a core skill for business leaders.

Economics & Finance

BRT: A New View of Corporations and Capitalism

Theo Vermaelen & N. Craig Smith

Our experts respond to the Business Roundtable's revised statement of the purpose of a corporation.

Economics & Finance

BRT: The New Capitalism?

US CEOs have unveiled a bigger tent that puts shareholders on a par with customers, workers, suppliers and communities.