Two approaches to stakeholder identification
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Is part ofÉthique et Économique / Ethics and Economics ; vol. 2, no 2
Publisher(s)Université de Montréal. Centre de recherche en éthique de l'UdeM.
The paper presents two fundamentally different ways to approach the identification of stakeholders. The first is the relationship approach. According to this approach, special obligations arise between individuals or groups only if a specific relationship exists between them. The rival approach is the assignment approach. This approach challenges the claim that obligations only arise if a particular relationship exists between the company and a group. It holds that the distribution of responsibilities should be viewed as a set of pragmatic rules derived from general moral considerations. The paper discusses the extent to which these two approaches can justify the main features of the traditional stakeholder model.