Just as human beings want to live and operate in an environment free from state’s regulations or control or, atleast, with minimum of it, companies wish to operate in a nation or environment with barest degree of state’scontrol. They prefer an environment where they will pursue their corporate economic goals or objectives withlittle or no state’s intervention. Such a state’s control-free environment, they believe, will aid them inaccomplishing their quest to maximise their corporate profit. Undoubtedly, having a corporate environmenttotally free from state’s control or legislative intervention is hardly obtainable in any country in the world. Somestates, however, have very well-entrenched and stiff mandatory regulatory control of the corporations operatingwithin their jurisdictions with severe sanctions or penalties for non-compliance. Oftentimes, these state’sregulation or control have a stifling or choking effects on the corporations. This, therefore, cause somecorporations to seek a country with minimum state’s control of its activities. In the companies’ quest to reduce orminimise state’s intervention or control of their corporate activities with their attendant hardships and negativeeffects on the companies’ purse, some companies have, on their own, devised some means to self-regulate or coregulateitself or themselves knowing that state’s conventional regulation may prove tough and difficult to becomplied with. Some ‘wise’ or ‘smart’ companies have, thus, voluntarily given themselves certain benchmarks ofsocial behaviour in the form of codes of acceptable corporate conduct and other self-regulatory or voluntaryframeworks. The researchers set out to see whether this corporate self-regulation and co-regulation, otherwisegenerally referred to as ‘civil regulation’, has the tendency or capacity to trigger companies to be socially andethically responsible, responsive and integrative of the interests of the corporate stakeholders. This theresearchers did through the adoption of doctrinal research methodology. The researchers are of the view thatwhere these self-imposed corporate regulations are religiously adhered to by the companies concerned, it willhelp to curb or reduce state’s legal regulatory interventions as well as improve the reputational image of thecompany concerned with its attendant positive impact on the economies of the company. It will also help thecompany to eschew corporate behaviours, policies and decisions that are irresponsible, unfriendly and inimicalto the environment, local communities and other corporate stakeholders.

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