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ESSENTIAL STANDARD 2.00 Understand the nature of business. 1
OBJECTIVE 2.05 Understand responsible actions for conducting business. 2
Topics 3 Common socially responsible practices of businesses Government protection Consumer Bill of Rights Government regulation and assistance
4 Common socially responsible practices of businesses
Common Socially Responsible Practices of Businesses 5 Socially responsible practices of businesses include practices that positively impact communities. Common social responsibilities addressed: − Environmental protection − Workplace diversity − Job safety − Employee wellness
Common Socially Responsible Practices of Businesses continued 6 Companies can contribute to environmental protection by Implementing actions to conserve natural resources Minimizing pollution of air and water resources What is an example of an organization or action that protects the environment? Environmental Protection Agency enforces and provides standards for air and water quality. Computer Manufacturing Company refurbishes computers
Common Socially Responsible Practices of Businesses continued 7 Workplace diversity exists in a company when the employees represent a variety of groups including women, ethnic groups, physically challenged, and older workers. What is an example of an organization or action that enforces workplace diversity? The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) The Age Discrimination in Employment Act The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EECOC)
Common Social-responsible Practices of Business continued 8 Job Safety is ensuring work environments are risk- free of accidents. What is an example of an organization or action that enforces job safety?
Common Socially Responsible Practices of Businesses continued 9 Employee Wellness programs are offered by employers to maintain a healthy workforce. What are some examples of employee wellness activities? assist employees with programs such as stop- smoking seminars, counseling for employees with drug problems, and weight-loss counseling
Evaluation of Social Responsibility Benefits Expanded justice for groups of a society. Enhanced company image. Reduced need for government actions. Improved quality of life in a community and around the world. Increase awareness of social issues among workers, consumers, and others. 10
Evaluation of Social Responsibility The costs of providing social programs must be realistic to allow a business to earn a profit. 11
Ethics 12 What is the purpose of business ethics?
Ethics 13 Guidelines for responsible business conduct addresses the following questions: Is the action illegal? Does the action violate professional or company standards? Who is affected by the action and how?
Government Protection continued 15 How are workers protected in their work environments by the government? Worker’s protection provides safe work condition for employees. The government enforces minimum standards for buildings, machines, and chemicals.
Government Protection continued 16 A contract is an agreement usually between two parties to exchange goods or services for something of value, usually money. What are the elements of a contract? Agreement Competent parties Consideration Legality
Government Protection continued 17 The government enforces contracts between businesses and individuals by ensuring agreed upon work and the exchange of money or other means are completed. Examples of when contracts are used: Buying an automobile Leasing a building Buying inventory
Government Protection continued 18 Intellectual property protected by the government are: Copyrights Patents Trademarks What is an example of each intellectual property?
20 What is the purpose of the consumer bill of rights?
Consumer Bill of Rights continued 21 The Right to Be Informed Consumers have the right to be informed of what a product is and its functions. The Right to Safety Consumers have the right to be protected from harm while using a product or service.
Consumer Bill of Rights continued 22 The Right to Choose Consumers have the right to choose what to buy among a variety of products and services. The Right to Be Heard Consumers have the right to talk with businesses about products or services they offer. Consumers may share their comments, complaints, concerns, or questions.
Consumer Bill of Rights continued 23 The Right to a Remedy Consumers are assured that they can seek legal remedy when they encounter a problem or defective product. What is a guarantee? What is the difference between an express and an implied warranty?
Consumer Bill of Rights continued 24 The Right to Consumer Education Consumers have the right to be informed about how their purchasing decisions impact them personally and the economy. The Right to Service Consumers have the right to receive goods and services at the promised level by companies.
Government Regulation and Assistance 26 Why does the government regulate utility companies? The government regulates utility companies to promote business practices such as fair rates and services. Utility companies are usually a monopoly in the area it serves. Government assist businesses by Providing them demographic information Buying goods and services from them Employing workers who can buy goods and services from them
27 How does the government prevent unfair business practices? The antitrust laws encourage competition and fairness among businesses and avoid monopolies. These laws avert false advertising, deceptive pricing, and misleading labeling.