Robert C. Hinkley is an American attorney who for more than 20 years has been an advocate for making corporations better citizens.
Mr. Hinkley's legal practice specialized in corporate law generally and corporate financing specifically. His career has included being a partner in two of the world’s largest law firms. From 2012 to 2020, he provided critical assistance to the US Department of Justice in connection with investigations that recovered more than $US 90 billion from more than a dozen banks for illegal behavior which led to the financial crisis of 2008.
He is the author of Time to Change Corporations: Closing the Citizenship Gap and numerous other articles which have appeared in various American and Australian publications (including, The Miami Herald, Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Bangor Daily News, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian) and online, describing his idea to improve corporate behavior by amending the duty of directors in corporate laws throughout the world.
Mr. Hinkley calls this idea, the Code for Corporate Citizenship. Existing law provides that directors must “act in the best interests of the corporation.” The Code would add “but not at the expense of severe damage to the environment, human rights, public health and safety, dignity of employees or welfare of the communities in which the corporation operates.”
He is a graduate of Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business and Fordham Law School. He enjoys golf, reading, movies and politics. He resides with his wife, Anne, in Berry, NSW Australia. They have an adult son, Jack, who works in advertising.