The Social License to Operate

  title={The Social License to Operate},
  author={Geert Demuijnck and Bj{\"o}rn Fasterling},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
This article proposes a way to zoom in on the concept of the social license to operate (SLO) from the broader normative perspective of contractarianism. An SLO can be defined as a contractarian basis for the legitimacy of a company’s specific activity or project. “SLO”, as a fashionable expression, has its origins in business practice. From a normative viewpoint, the concept is closely related to social contract theory, and, as such, it has a political dimension. After outlining the… 

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