Corporate Governance: the United States of America vs. the European Union

2270 Words Apr 17th, 2007 10 Pages
The following paper will compare and contrast corporate governance in the U.S. and European Union. Because corporate governance regulations are not yet uniform across all EU countries, we have chosen to examine Poland in particular. We will first present U.S. corporate governance and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and then examine how Poland's corporate governance regulations compare. Finally, since we have already learned about Corporate Social Responsibility for U.S. companies, we have examined Corporate Social Responsibility in Poland, looking specifically at the largest airline in Poland, LOT. U.S. Corporate Governance
Due to several U.S. corporations violating the public trust and federal laws, the Securities
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