Are Entrepreneurs Responsible to the Society? (reject)

In Taiwan, students have learned the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) since junior high school. The original purpose of this restriction is to demand corporation paying the price for harming the environment or other things that aren’t good for society. According to EU, the definition of CSR is the concept of combining entrepreneurs’ concern to the society and environment to their company’s commercial activities and the relationships with shareholders. The prerequisite is: entrepreneurs volunteer to do this.

Now the problem is: enterprisers are not very happy about this inexplicable burden, but the public want them to take charge of more responsibility.

Entrepreneurs are like all the other jobs, what’s different is that they probably earn much more money, or their factories are distributed over the world. Enterprisers are humans, they are not great men. Publics should not add responsibility that have nothing to do with them.

There are four reasons why I reject corporate social responsibility.

First, the purpose of establishing a company is to earn money, and what managers should care is the interests of their shareholders. Social responsibility is not their purpose to establish a company, and when companies have financial problems, the society tend to leave them alone and run their course.

Second, entrepreneurs are not professionals that know how to solve social problems. It is not important that whether managers have the ability to deal with social problems.  The government is the one who is responsible for social problems. Instead of asking enterprisers to take social responsibility, governments should increase their taxes. Then the money will distribute to different departments that in charge of different problems.

Third, corporate social responsibility is a very vague concept now. Although there are some compacts or disciplines that have relations with this, but these are just codes that we can cite from. If the government do want entrepreneurs to take social responsibility, then the legislature should legislate for this duty.

Fourth, if enterprisers focus on social responsibility actively and invest in too much capital on it, there are possibilities to dilute the main purpose of profit-seeking business. To make matters worse, it will weaken the nation’s competitiveness on economy.

To sum up, corporations are not responsible for government’s social problems, and they didn’t have related professions. What businessman have to do is to seek profit for stockholder and staffs. If they spend too much capital on corporate social responsibility, it might weaken the competitiveness of the company.

Another problem is that we shouldn’t see social responsibility as a reward measure for entrepreneurs. It is because they get nearly everything they want from society that people start to think about this new duty. Then why should they get rewards from fulfilling their obligation?

The main point of this article is not to deny the concept of this responsibility, but how we think about it and how government have to react about it. Everyone is responsible for this society, the point is how to manage it well.





5 意見:

yachu mo 提到...

It is a new thought for me that i had never thought before.
i agree with you about the second opinion that the government can add the increase from the company because it is easier for the government to find the expert to solve the problem.
However, I DON'T believe that the enterpriser would do for the society more than its own profit, if this really exist, it wouldn't be called enterpriser.

Zoe Chang 提到...

i agree with you that you believe that entrepreneurs have no idea of making the society better, however, what i disagree is that improving the society is the only the government's job. In fact, i think that it would be everyone's job, including the enterprises. And since they are enterprises, they would probably have more ability to change citizens' thoughts and persuade them to cooperate with the politics by combining the merchandise. In my opinion, i think that it would be much more efficient of enterprise could cooperate with the government on many issues. All in all, I agree that enterprises are also responsible to the society.

陳奕臻 提到...

I like the way you list your opinion orderly. However, before reading the last sentence of this article, I will think that you deny the responsibility that everyone should take. I can't agree with it. I think not only entrepreneurs, everyone should take responsibility of society, Although your last sentence has showed your opinion, I think you can give more proportions to the point of "manage CSR well".

朱品晶 提到...

I never thought that the enterprisers can have no responsibility for the society.
Because all people use natural resources to live. It is our duty to be concerned with the environment for sustainable development.

Lisa Yu 提到...

I want to talk about two points. First, I think the government has a preference for the entrepreneurs, so they should take care of the society for feedback.For the taxes, they know how to escape the taxes, so it is not a good way to make them give out the money. Second, "enterprisers focus on social responsibility actively" will promote the development the whole society. It can reduce the difference between the poor and the rich.