CSR initiative and its correct perspective
“I have just one question,” the HRD Manager asked in a firm tone, “Why should we help the criminals? They were put behind the bars after the due process of law, for having committed crimes. They do not deserve sympathy.”
I had anticipated the question. I said, “Sir, no one is a born criminal. By helping a woman to lead a normal life, we not only help one individual, but save a generation. Dire circumstances make one a criminal and many crimes are committed on the spur of the moment. Crime-free world is in the interest of the business establishments.”
The showroom of this distributor and the premises where he kept stocks stood devastated. The flash floods, unheard in the history of the area, had rendered him broke and two days of the fury of flood waters, had brought him to the streets. Due to some technicalities, he had problems with the insurance company and the legal battle will take a long time. Our company needs to recover about $250000 from the businessman on account of goods given on credit in the usual course of business. The businessman had an impeachable record for the last more than a decade to make prompt payments and enjoyed excellent business reputation.
I remember Joel Osteen who writes, “How limited we become in our thinking. We get so one-dimensional.”(268) I said, “Sir, the businessman must be allowed to start his business and the Company should afford him further credit.