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Monsters in corporate governance

Even from an unlikely source, in-house lawyers can learn a thing or two about corporate governance and whistleblowing, writes Harry Perrin

2 March 2017

February 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of the UK cinema release of Monsters, Inc., the fourth high- profile collaboration between Disney and Pixar, following A Bug’s Life and the first two Toy Story films. The film’s whistleblowing protagonists, Sulley and Mike, foil a plot at the highest echelons of their employer, Monsters Incorporated, an energy company which converts screams into power. The boss, a patriarchal polypod named Mr Waternoose, has been experimenting with unauthorised technology to extract screams from children to help the ailing company and avert an energy crisis. ‘I’ll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die!’ he proclaims.

As an in-house lawyer, I appreciate the film as a riff on corporate culture, with Sulley taking his place in a distinguished line of fictional characters who struggle to balance their work personas with their ...

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