Milton Friedman is one of the giants of modern Economic thought and one of his big contributions (it seems to me) has been his explanation of why corporations should not be bound by any moral code.
He is the guy, or at least one of the guys, who promoted the idea that the only measure of success is profit. In fact he went so far as to say that the only social responsibility that a company has is to use its resources to create maximum wealth for its shareholders.
But don’t get mad yet, most of his arguments for this point of view actually seem pretty good.
However, there is one massive problem with what he is saying: he relies on the assumption that shareholders even have the right to maximum profits, in the first place.