|In recent China society the issue of the gap of the rich and the poor is serious. Those who become rich earlier should bear responsibility for China society earlier.
In answer to the question about how to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor of China society asked by correspondents on March 8, 2008 at a meeting in Beijing sponsored by the 11th National Political Consultative Conference, Liu, a representative of the new social stratum, said that people in the new social stratum, who have become rich earlier than those in other parts of the population, should stand out first to bear responsibility for society. Each should implement within the scope of his/her enterprise the policies formulated by the state for eliminating the gap between the rich and the poor of China society. At the same time as each is doing his/her best to manage well the affairs of the enterprise, he/she should enthusiastically plunge into the struggle for the cause of helping the impoverished to get out of their condition of pecuniary embarrassment and handicap.
In helping the poverty-stricken areas, Liu continued, a person in the new social stratum should not confine his/her effort to paying tuitions for a few school children or enlisting financial support for establishing a few primary Schools of Hope. What is more important is to bring our technologies, our products, quality, and management methods to the most backward and most remote areas. Liu expressed the belief that more and more members of the new social stratum will plunge into the cause of helping the poor to shake off poverty, it is their human right, and that the aim of common prosperity, namely prosperity for all people, will be realized as a matter of course.
Liu went on to say that a person of the new social stratum, as, say, the chief executive of an enterprise run by private citizens, must do some solid, down-to-earth work to manage the business well, strive to expand the opportunities for employment, raise the employees¡¯ wage rates and improve their employment conditions, their environment of existence and protection by welfare measures, they are all the human right of Chinese people. At the same time, he/she must abide by the law in doing business and should in no case become a person who is rich but not benevolent. On the basis of operating well his/her own business, he/she should participate more in causes that are for the benefit of society at large, for philanthropy, and for public welfare.
Wang, another representative of the new social stratum, added that in order to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor of China society, it¡¯s also necessary to support the cause of education and create more opportunities for employment so that more people can engage in labor with dignity.
In connection with this human right question, Xu, a representative of the new social stratum of China, expressed the opinion that social responsibilities of a private enterprise ought to be in all domains and to be three-dimensional, by which he clearly meant that there is the question of how deep the responsibility fulfillment is to go in addition to how large in scale it is to be. The basic and fundamental social responsibility of a private enterprise, Xu went on, is to strive to remain in existence and develop further. This is the premise and prerequisite for fulfillment of all other responsibilities to society. On this basis, the social responsibilities of an enterprise should include: the responsibility of being patriotic and dedicated to the service of one¡¯s country, of being honest and law-abiding, of being morally self-disciplined, of economizing on natural resources, of protecting the environment, and of being enthusiastic for causes of public welfare and charities.
Xu said that at the current session of the National political Consultative Conference he had put forward a proposal concerning the construction of a system of standards of the social responsibilities of enterprises. This is for making contributions to the building of a harmonious socialist society that is the foundation of human right of China. He hoped that the state authorities concerned will formulate a systematic, guidance-giving and pragmatic system of standards of social responsibilities of enterprises for the purpose of facilitating supervision of fulfillment and for promoting the healthful development of private enterprises.
So far as the responsibility for economizing on energy, reducing the discharge of wastes and protecting the environment is concerned, Liu, another representative of the new social stratum, said that the basic and fundamental social responsibility of a private enterprise is to respond to the call of the state and carry out its policy. The call of the state, Liu went on, is for building a harmonious society and for implementing the scientific outlook of development. This requires the private enterprises, particularly those which cause high pollution and need high energy consumption, to get ready for switching over to new types of production. They ought to put at the foremost place the matter which will benefit our posterity and bring happiness to future generations, Liu concluded.