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How should a corporation assess its role in the larger community as a whole in terms of corporate governance?

A corporation's role in the larger community can be assessed in terms of corporate governance by evaluating its adherence to the principles of integrity, responsibility, fairness, accountability, and transparency. These principles form the backbone of corporate governance and guide the corporation's operations to benefit not only the owners but also the society at large. The World Bank defines corporate governance as a mix of regulations and laws that require voluntary practices from the private sector. This definition emphasizes the corporation's responsibility to respect the rights of society, as well as shareholders. It also highlights the need for corporations to generate long-term value while operating under governance guidelines. In the context of corporate governance, corporations must also assess their impact on the communities they operate in. For instance, a corporation that sets up shop in a local community should offer jobs and contribute to economic development, treating local workers with respect and ensuring fair distribution of natural resources. Moreover, corporate governance laws are designed to discourage mismanagement and fraud, protecting the public and society. For example, laws prohibiting the dumping of toxic waste into bodies of water are in place to protect the public trust and prevent harm to people who have access to such bodies of water.
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