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6. Social responsibility
Questions for Discussion
Exercise 1. Use your target vocabulary to replace these explanations.
Exercise 2. Complete these sentences using your target vocabulary in the appropriate form.
Tips for Topic Development
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 don’t 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.
Corporate social responsibility is a company’s 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.