Corporate social responsibility is in the evolving and matured stage. Although the idea has evolved long age on 1990, it has gained substantial development and opportunities in the recent time (ACAS, 2017).
Thesis statement: This essay argues on the fact that corporate social responsibility programs are not meant to promote the health of the workers in an organization but it also creates opportunities for the organization as well.
Topic sentence: Companies are left with many challenges in the recent time.
- Increasing job opportunities (Chun, 2011)
- Increased media coverage (Chun, 2011)
- Increased market competition (Columbia Sipa, 2017)
Concluding sentence: In order to combat against these challenges, the companies are left with undertaking serious approaches to improve the working condition of the workers and create a better image of the organization as well.
Topic sentence: CSR activities also involve taking care of the consumers’ need as well
- CSR activities have been evident in both public and private sector business (Dudovskiy, 2017)
- Consumers are demanding more information
Concluding sentence: In order to meet the increasing demand of the consumers and create good relationship with them, companies often undertake the approach of CSR activities.
Opposing argument 1: CSR activities are actually meant to cover up the flaw in the product or service offered by the organization
Counter argument: However, it is not true as major companies find it their responsibility to carry out certain activities that benefit the people of the society (Mishra and Shrikant Dharmadhikari 2016)
- Companies like Google and Apple are found to carry out charitable activities as a part of CSR activity (Govindarajan and Amilan, 2013)
- Taking care of health and safety of the workers and employees working in the organization falls under the CSR activities (Meyer, 2017).
Concluding sentence: It can be easily said that CSR activities have been undertaken as a major tool by major organizations in order to shape their business activities and create a better image in the market.
Opposing argument 2: CSR activities actually cause loss to the organizations as it increases their overall budget (Westervelt, 2014).
Counter argument: Adapting to certain CSR activities might be costly for the organization but it ultimately brings better results to the organization as it helps to improve the image of the company (Newcombe, 2013).
- CSR activities promote work life balance, thereby, providing better opportunities to the employees that might reduce the productivity of the organization (OECD, 2017)
- CSR activity ultimately helps the employees in retaining their life activities rather than the employers (Schwartz, 2014)
Concluding sentence: CSR activities actually create better opportunities for the employees rather than the employers (Lee et al. 2013).
Determining my position:
Major multi-national companies like Apple and Google needs to undertake CSR activities to create a worldwide image among the consumers.
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