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De Standaard - Belgium | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Companies unscrupulous in battle for customers

Consumers should ask themselves what role they play in scandals like the one at VW, writes the liberal daily De Standaard: "Scandals over tax fraud, child labour, design faults, the side-effects of medications all come and go without much change. Apologies are murmured, a company boss resigns, share prices take a hit, but soon everything goes back to the way it was before. … Even worse than a company that damages public health, pollutes the environment or violates basic social rights is one whose products are no longer cool. It is then that the customers, fixated on status, know no mercy. … It's no wonder companies are prepared to take major risks in the never-ending battle for the customers' favour. Because they are judged far more by their ability to please their customers than by their behaviour towards society."

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