Business ethics has remained strikingly silent in face of the legitimacy questions surrounding the rule innovations in the sharing economy. We argue that one reason is rooted in a conceptual challenge to link the sharing economy’s rule-setting function with the political role of companies as corporate citizens. To address this challenge, we develop a social contracts perspective of the sharing economy. First, we use a strand of classical liberalism to understand how free and responsible sharing partners can agree to being governed by market rules that digital sharing-platform organizations have set up without their participation. Second, we complement the ordonomic approach to corporate citizenship with novel forms of ordo-responsibilities that address the upstream conditions of establishing a constitution of sharing. Finally, we argue that legitimately assuming ordo-responsibility requires constructive contributions to societal rule-setting processes and rule- finding discourses by governments and civil society.
|Number of pages||49|
|Journal||Business Ethics Quarterly|
|Publication status||Acceptance date - 11 Jun 2021|