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.

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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.


  • 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

1.  Nike Sweatshops: Behind the Swoosh
  • As you watch the videos, list the infractions committed by Nike and its contractors, and group them your categories from question 3.

  • 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?