Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman found the Business for Social Responsibility's 2005 conference a sobering experience. The conference was sponsored by companies including ExxonMobil, Pfizer, Philip Morris, McDonald's and Monsanto. "The news -- what these giant multinationals don't want you to know -- is that they hijacked Business for Social Responsibility from its founders," they wrote in Corporate Crime Reporter. However, some in the conservative think tank scene aren't at all enamored with the idea of corporate social responsibility. The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) organised a "counter conference" to challenge what they described as the "leftist dominated" BSR meeting. Amongst the speakers at the counter-conference were James Glassman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Paul Driessen from the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise.
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