Unit 02
Corporate Social Responsibility

Workplace English/Workplace Communication


Share your ideas with your teacher and try to make sentences.

Among the population in your country, who or what group do you think carries the corporate social responsibility?


Repeat  these  sentences  after  your  teacher.

1. taking a beating  (phr.) 遭到重創
My stocks today are really taking a beating.

2. flak (n.) 抨擊
She suffered a lot of flak because of her clothes.

3. damage control (n.) 危機管理
How will you conduct a damage control?

4. acronyms  (n.) 首字母縮寫
USA is the acronym of the United States of America.

5. corporate social responsibility (phr.) 企業社會責任
The Director is carrying all the corporate social responsibility.

6. bad press (phr.) 負面報導
The company is currently suffering bad press exposure.


Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

All right, folks, let’s get started here. We’ve called this emergency board meeting because the company has been taking a beating in the news lately. We’re getting a lot of flak over environmental issues associated with our manufacturing process. It’s time for some damage control. Yes, Bob?
好了大家,我們開始吧。我們召開這個緊急董事會議是因為公司在最近在新聞報導中遭到重創。由於我們生產過程中 牽涉到的環境問題我們得到了很多抨擊。是時候來進行危險控制了。是麼,Bob?

Why can’t we just do what we usually do – give some money to charity? I’m sure my wife can make some suggestions as to which organizations are doing the most good these days.

The thing is, Bob, that kind of window dressing just doesn’t cut it these days. We have to show a real commitment to CSR.

Linda, you know I’m no good with all these fancy acronyms.

Sorry. CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility…basically, making sure we do our duty as a company to do business in a legal, ethical way.

Yes, thank you, Linda. I really feel it’s time for us to start taking this more seriously. We’ve always worked hard to make sure our business is legal, but I think it’s high time we started focusing more on the ethics of how our products are manufactured and where our raw materials are purchased from.

I couldn’t agree more, Jeff. I propose that we start by doing a complete audit of our manufacturing and sourcing processes.

Oh, dear. How much is all this change going to cost?

Not nearly as much as all this bad press is costing us in sales, Bob!

I suppose you’re right.


it’s time for

The construction “it’s time for” noun infinitive is used to indicate that it’s an appropriate time for someone to do something.

1. It’s time for us to get down to business. Did you bring the money?

2. I’m not going to pay your college tuition. It’s time for you to grow up and take financial responsibility for yourself.

3. He’s been the head of the office ping pong team for too long. It’s time for him to step down.

4. It’s time for me to take a risk. I’m going to quit my job and start my own business.

5. They’ve just turned all the lights on in the bar. I think it’s time for us to leave.


Make a conversation with your teacher.

1.How do you think will a bad management and negligence in corporate social responsibility affect a company?