ISSUE-103

Some people believe that corporations have a responsibility to promote the well-being of the societies and environments in which they operate. Others believe that the only responsibility of corporations, provided they operate within the law, is to make as much money as possible.


Write a response in which you discuss which view more closely aligns with your own position and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should address both of the views presented.


What should a business's responsibilities be? Is it to make society better, or just to make more money for yourself? While businesses should have a more noble social responsibility, I believe that making money, as mundane as that may be, is the most practical pursuit for most businesses.


It is undeniable that corporations are like every citizen of society; they use the resources of society, they have to maintain it, and the health of society is good for business. Secondly, many large companies have caused great damage to the environment, and it is their duty to repair the environment that they have destroyed. Thirdly, large companies do some public welfare projects, which is also very beneficial to their positive image in the society.


However, we should also be aware of the fact that companies that operate legally and in compliance with the law are already making a huge contribution to social development: they pay a lot of taxes, they create a lot of jobs. Secondly, the state often levies heavy additional taxes on companies that cause damage to the environment, money that should be used to protect the environment. Thirdly, the purpose of spreading a positive image is to increase the impact of the company's brand, which ultimately leads to more long-term profits. If companies do a lot of "good" anonymously, yes, we can say they're noble, but these "socially responsible" companies are spending more money than their counterparts, and in the long run they're losing the competition. One might compare Google to some search engines as an example of the difference between a socially responsible company and an unscrupulous one. However, Google's success lies in the fact that they have made socially conscious moves that have had a very positive brand effect, which has helped them stay in the game longer. In other words, while it's debatable whether big business has an obligation to do good deeds beyond what the law requires, the fact is that there is a growing consensus that businesses should take more social responsibility, creating a new climate of opinion that makes companies that want to make money in the long run develop the best strategy: take on some responsibility beyond what the law requires to build a good corporate brand. The bottom line is: if this approach doesn't bring any benefits in the long or short term, then of course companies have no reason to do it.



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