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6. Social responsibility

Questions for Discussion

  • 1. What are the most vulnerable groups of population in any society?
  • 2. What problems are they having today?
  • 3. Where are the roots of these problems?
  • 4. What are the most widespread young peoples addictions?
  • 5. Why are parents so worried about their childrens hobbies?
  • 6. Why are modern childrens obsessions so dangerous for the society?
  • 7. Which of them do you think pose the biggest threat?
  • 8. Do you think smoking, drug abuse and gambling are antisocial?
  • 9. What are modem ways of curing young people from these diseases?
  • 10. Can businesses play a part in combating young peoples problems?
  • 11. What exactly can they do to help young people give up their harmful habits?
  • 12. What do you personally recommend to do to distract young people from their anti-social pastimes?
  • 13. Which of your recommendations do you think is most effective?

Target Vocabulary

to be obsessed with

social responsibility




socially responsible investing

to break old habits

community investment

to tailor for

direct investing


to combat problems

to sponsor clinics

to provide expertise

Vocabulary Practice

Exercise 1. Use your target vocabulary to replace these explanations.

  • 1. the state of being unable to stop an activity because you enjoy it_
  • 2. weak and easily hurt physically or emotionally_
  • 3. to stop something unpleasant or harmful from happening or from getting worse.
  • 4. to adapt something for a particular purpose_
  • 5. offering to do something without being forced to do it or without being paid for it
  • 6. spending the money on a particular project

Exercise 2. Complete these sentences using your target vocabulary in the appropriate form.

  • 1. The sudden resignation of the financial director put the company in a very ... position.
  • 2. Courses on environment awareness are ... to the needs of the community.
  • 3. Creating new jobs helps to ... unemployment.
  • 4. Some company employers ... their services as community workers.
  • 5. She is completely .... with the idea of socially responsible investment.
  • 6. Young people are trying to ... of coming late to work.

Tips for Topic Development

Text 1

The most vulnerable part of the population of any country nowadays is children and the youth. Instead of educating themselves and getting ready for the future life they seem to be obsessed with other things. The most well-known addictions are Video games, TV, drugs, smoking, gambling.

Even the seemingly harmless hobby such as videogames can have both physical and mental effects: pains in the fingers, damage to eyesight, headaches, exhaustion from playing, back pain from sitting in a tense position, epileptic fits. Parents worry when their children retire into darkened rooms playing computer games hour after hour and as a result they have pale, unhealthy faces, they become aggressive, irritable and uncommunicative. An American girl who had been playing with the Gameboy for two hours a day for a year developed numbness and tingling in her fingers.

Smoking too is one of the most disgusting habits that young people tend to find pleasure in forgetting that it leads to chest pains and causes lung cancer.

Drug abuse is another threat for society. People who take drugs live in an unreal world, they lack willpower. They are selfish, because they dont care at all if their habit causes discomfort to others. All they are interested in is their own pleasure and convenience.

And finally, gambling. Young people are tempted to play cards, make bets at Hippodromes or go to casinos in order to make money. They become hooked on it. They often lose a lot of money instead of winning it and as a result they begin stealing even from their parents.

As we can see all these habits are anti-social. The mood against them is openly hostile.

What can be done to protect young people from these diseases? The best way is to help young people fight off the temptation to smoke a cigarette or use a drug, or help them make new habits to break the old ones.

The role of businesses in solving the problem is crucial. Businesses may plan a few new activities for young men to replace bad habits, devise something which will distract young people from their unsocial pastimes and occupy their minds. Businessmen may offer alternative forms of entertainment specially tailored for young people such as sports, music festivals, etc. For those who have already fallen ill they could sponsor special clinics to help young people get rid of their dangerous habits.

Agree or disagree with these statements.

  • 1. The young people are obsessed with TV more than anything else.
  • 2. Videogames are not so threatening as they are presented. They may have a positive effect on young people.
  • 3. Parents shouldnt be so worried about their childrens hobbies.
  • 4. There are no anti-social implications in smoking. Its up to a person whether to smoke or not.
  • 5. The peoples attitudes to smoking and gambling shouldnt be openly hostile. We must be more tolerant.
  • 6. Businesses must be more active in combating social problems.

Text 2

Corporate social responsibility is a companys obligation to improve the quality of life for the local community and society at large.

The companies initiatives include charitable efforts and volunteering. That means that companies take an active part in the life of society through socially responsible investing. One of the forms of socially responsible investing is community investment.

In the USA companies give loans to communities so that they could use them for housing, education or personal development. The companies also provide training and other types of support and expertise to ensure the success of the loans.

Another type of socially responsible behaviour is direct investing. By investing direct in an institution an investor is able to create a greater social impact, because the money is put to work.

Say which of the statements below are true and which are false.

  • 1. Corporate social responsibility is aimed at helping society at large.
  • 2. Companies are often blamed for being socially inactive.
  • 3. Community investment is directed only to building houses.
  • 4. Companies provide support to those who need help only to evade the taxes.
  • 5. Direct investing is putting money to work.
  • 6. Volunteering is never practiced by businesses.
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