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A couple of decades ago the once prosperous small American town of Flint Michigan was crushed Were you to walk down a residential street in Flint you would see boarded up vacant houses where families once lived Front lawns that not to long ago had children running laughing and playing hide and go seek on them are now unkempt and silent Were you to look hard enough you may even see a tumble weed blowing slowly down the street on its way out of town like the many families before it In short Flint has become a ghost town What happened in Flint Was there a war a famine or some deadly disease No nothing like that What happened in Flint cant be attributed to any of those things but it can be attributed to something that many people consider just as potentially dangerous as war or famine What crushed the small town of Flint was a lack of business ethics Flint was a town centered around the General Motors car company Much of the population supported themselves through working in the various jobs that the factory offered Most of the rest of the town supported themselves by selling goods and services to the people who worked for GM One day Gm decided it would be best for the business if they packed up and left Flint so they did just that As I described above the effect was devastating to the town GM laid off 40000 people in Flint when they closed their factories not because they didnt have enough money to keep them open but because by moving to a cheaper location ie Mexico they would put a few extra dollars in their shareholders pockets What happened in Flint is one of many situations in business that have caused the question of whether or not businesses should be socially responsible to be a widely discussed and debated one
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