No cover up

Readers' Views No 235, December 2002
OECD Observer

Congratulations on presenting Corporate Social Responsibility as very much an issue for governments and unions rather than just for companies–or at least I presume that was your intention with your cover and inside photo (OECD Observer No 234, October 2002).

For those with shorter memories than myself, while described as a boardroom meeting in your caption, it in fact shows the members of the UK’s National Economic Development Council (alas! now no more), circa 1965, and includes on the right-hand side of the photo, such trade union luminaries as Jack Cooper, Ron Smith, Sid Greene, Harry Douglas, Bill Carron and George Woodcock. The cover even includes Frank Cousins – but as a government minister, along with Ray Gunter and George Brown at the back.

While your inside photo for your lead article on corporate responsibility shows the full council before session, including the business representatives around the table, these got cropped out for your cover version, leaving just government and unions. How ironic that reality is all too often the other way around.

Chief Economist, European Trade Union Confederation

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