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Corporate Social Responsibility: The Bhopal Gas Tragedy (Video, Case Study & Discussion) Monday 15th of April, 2013

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by Marc Le Menestrel (9/10/2011)

Video: “A Cloud Over Bhopal”


The Bhopal tragedy is a landmark in industrial history, for the consequences it had inside and outside the industry. We identify the responsibilities of business and discuss the handling of this responsibility by Union Carbide in the subsequent, and still pending, legal procedures. We then discuss the responsibility of Dow Chemical, now owner of Union Carbide.

Required readings

Dutta, Sanjib, “The Bhopal Gas Tragedy”, ICFAI Center for Management Research, Hyderabad, India, 2002.

Dow: “Statement of The Dow Chemical Company Regarding the Bhopal Tragedy”.

Optional reading

Frankental, P. “Corporate social responsibility - a PR invention?” in Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 14 February 2001, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 18-23(6).

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Questions to prepare (300-500 words): Who is responsible for the Bhopal catastrophe? Why? Does Dow have a responsibility for the aftermaths of the Bhopal catastrophe? Why?


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