Ward Morehouse knows about corporate impunity. He has worked to bring Union Carbide to justice since 1984, when the poison gas leak at its plant in Bhopal, India, left 22,000 dead. He failed. But along the way he learned that worrying about “good corporate citizenship” is a diversion from the real task: exerting citizen control over corporations.
In 1995, he co-founded, with Richard Grossman, the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. Its goal is stripping corporations of their legal status as persons, which Morehouse believes is a prerequisite for democracy.