1. What is your opinion of these companies? If you had to describe each one as a person, what kind of person would it be?
2: In groups, discuss the following questions:
- How powerful are companies?
- Can companies influence governments?
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of private companies being so powerful? Give examples.
3. Each group will have a set of Good Practice Cards.
- Discuss why companies might want to meet these targets.
- Place them in three categories that you will label.
- We will discuss your categories with the class.
4. Find the definition of CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
- Pick a company you know well and list a few positive and negative aspects of their CSR standards.
- Classify them into the categories you chose in question 3
- You will share your answers with the class.
Corporate social responsibility and the role of corporations
- As you watch the videos, list the infractions committed by Nike and its contractors, and group them your categories from question 3.
- Granted, these videos are dated. Let us see how Nike is doing today:
- Each group will read one of the following and report it back to the class
- How can a company with such a CSR still use sweatshops?
- Can a multinational company the size of Nike ensure fair treatment for all its employees?
- What are the benefits of CSR for the company?
- Are there conflicts between the role and functioning of a company and CSR?
Lesson 2: How can we make companies accountable?
Make a list of ways consumers can change corporate behavior
- How effective are the following methods.
- Which one is most effective?
Here are a few examples. How effective do you think these are?