Suggestion 14

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
7

Businesses can actively exercise their responsibility as "corporate citizens" by supporting their community's effort to control pornography.

As "corporate citizens," businesses should be responsive to community sentiment regarding the production and distribution of pornographic materials. Many different types of businesses are involved in the various stages of production and retail distribution including film processors, typesetting and printing services, delivery services, warehouses, commercial realtors, computer services, cable and satellite companies, recording companies, hotels, credit card companies and numerous others. These businesses have a responsibility to exercise due care to insure that they are not contributing to the moral detriment of their community. Businesses can be encouraged to insure that they are not being unknowingly used as an instrument for the spread of obscene or pornographic material which the community has requested not be produced or sold on moral, social or other legitimate grounds.

Corporations are encouraged to conduct site inspections of their facilities and to conduct quality of content examinations of their inventory to safeguard against the sale of materials which offend the community standard. In the case of credit card companies, a review of the types of businesses that their "merchant" members are conducting might be useful. Information and entertainment companies such as cable and satellite systems, computer network services and recording companies should monitor their systems for obscene or other material which offends the community they serve. Broadcasters, advertisers and retailers should diligently protect children and unwilling adults from exposure to sexually explicit communications.

A second rule for corporations, as members of local communities, is to actively support citizen action efforts to curb the proliferation of pornography in the community.

Moreover, corporations, as part of their more general social responsibility, are encouraged to establish and participate in pornography "victim" assistance programs.[1647] They can do this by contributing to social service agencies who specialize in or deal with sexual abuse.[1648] They can also provide direct financial assistance, in the form of scholarships and vocational programs, to "victims" of pornography.[1649]

Finally, corporations can sponsor local educational programs on pornography and its effects on the community. These programs could then be provided to schools, businesses, legislators, law enforcement officials, churches, and other interested groups.

Corporations can and do have an impact on community standards and law enforcement practices. It is up to corporations to act as responsible citizens to ensure that their community is not just a location for another retail outlet, but a worthwhile place to live.

Notes

  1. See, Chapters 16 and 17 for a discussion of victimization.
  2. See, Chapters 16 and 17 which discusses the numerous forms of victimization associated with pornography.
  3. Id.