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Social vs. Legal Responsibility: What should Dow Chemical do? (Seminar 3, April 26, 2017)

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by Marc Le Menestrel (2/03/2011)

We discuss the responsibility of Dow Chemical, now owner of Union Carbide, the action it has taken, the campaigns it faces and work out concrete proposals to move ahead.

Required readings

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

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).

Additional readings

Michael Meacher, The planet’s polluters should be put in the dock, The Guardian, October 2003.

Assignment (300 to 500 words to be handed out in class):

Find out what Dow Chemical has done about Bhopal and present very briefly what facts do you find the most significants. Then, explain why Dow Chemical has acted like this and what lesson you can learn from it.

Important Deadline!

Each group has to propose in writing or via email at least one topic for the Groups Presentation explaining why they think these ideas are interesting. See Guidelines for Groups’ Presentation

Remember that each group is expected to find an inspiring example of a business that successfully combines the creation of economic values with the respect of ethical values.

The inspiring/dreaming character of the company will be the first criterion to evaluate the presentation.

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