When is the social good an antitrust bad?

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As consumer and investor engagement continues to rise, there is intense pressure on companies to ramp up their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. As a result, there has been an influx of CSR collaborations among competitors—some initiated by governments and NGOs, and others established by industry participants themselves. In each case, generally, the goal is to do good and promote CSR goals ranging from environmental, health and safety, and labor. However, an effort to be socially responsible can run afoul of the antitrust laws. This article sets out options open to companies seeking to collaborate on social responsibility initiatives that are well within the bounds of the antitrust laws.