Before the break, we discussed corporate social responsibility, the role of corporations, and the benefits and drawbacks of incorporating a company.
Today, we will discuss two case studies of corporations and their social responsibility:
1.  Nike Sweatshops: Behind the Swoosh

  • As you watch the video, list the infractions committed by Nike and its contractors, and group them in categories related to the Definition of CSR we have studied.
Then, have a look at  Nike Inc.’s Corporate Social Responsibility website, with particular attention to labor conditions and audits.
  • Using the Definition of CSR we have studied, explain how Nike is following three of the points listed in the article.

2: Volvo in Brazil

As you watch the video, answer the following questions:

  • List the main reasons that Volvo decided to invest in Brazil.
  • Why do you think the Brazilian government was actively involved in attracting Volvo to invest in their country?
  • What is meant by the decentralizing of manufacturing? Why would a government adopt this policy?
  • What is the significance of good infrastructure to a manufacturing business?
  • Describe the quality of the labor force in Curitiba.
  • What is meant by the term “yellow” machinery?
  • How has Volvo demonstrated its commitment to the environment and occupational health and safety?
  • How does Volvo demonstrate its community consciousness