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Among the one hundred most profitable companies in the United States, nearly half qualify as “socially responsible companies,” including seven of the top ten most profitable on that list. This designation means that these companies donate a significant portion of their revenues to charity; that they adhere to all relevant environmental and product safety standards; and that their hiring and employment policies encourage commitments to diversity, gender pay equality, and work-life balance.

Which of the following conclusions can be drawn based on the statements above?

A) Socially responsible companies are, on average, more profitable than other companies.
B) Consumers prefer to purchase products from socially responsible companies.
C) It is possible for any company to be both socially responsible and profitable.
D) Companies do not have to be socially responsible in order to be profitable.
E) Not all socially responsible companies are profitable.
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Among the one hundred most profitable companies in the United States, nearly half qualify as “socially responsible companies,” including seven of the top ten most profitable on that list. This designation means that these companies donate a significant portion of their revenues to charity; that they adhere to all relevant environmental and product safety standards; and that their hiring and employment policies encourage commitments to diversity, gender pay equality, and work-life balance.

Which of the following conclusions can be drawn based on the statements above?

A) Socially responsible companies are, on average, more profitable than other companies.
B) Consumers prefer to purchase products from socially responsible companies.
C) It is possible for any company to be both socially responsible and profitable.
D) Companies do not have to be socially responsible in order to be profitable.
E) Not all socially responsible companies are profitable.


I cannot elaborate C or D. Both seem correct, right?

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Among the one hundred most profitable companies in the United States, nearly half qualify as “socially responsible companies,” including seven of the top ten most profitable on that list. This designation means that these companies donate a significant portion of their revenues to charity; that they adhere to all relevant environmental and product safety standards; and that their hiring and employment policies encourage commitments to diversity, gender pay equality, and work-life balance.

Which of the following conclusions can be drawn based on the statements above?

A) Socially responsible companies are, on average, more profitable than other companies.
B) Consumers prefer to purchase products from socially responsible companies.
C) It is possible for any company to be both socially responsible and profitable.
D) Companies do not have to be socially responsible in order to be profitable.
E) Not all socially responsible companies are profitable.


I cannot elaborate C or D. Both seem correct, right?


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C) It is possible for any company to be both socially responsible and profitable.
C seems very close to being correct , but there is an issue with the word "any". "any" goes a step too far when this conclusion need not necessarily be true for all .

D) Companies do not have to be socially responsible in order to be profitable.
D is better because many of the companies on the 100 most profitable list are not socially responsible.

Hope it helps !! :)
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Among the one hundred most profitable companies in the United States, nearly half qualify as “socially responsible companies,” including seven of the top ten most profitable on that list. This designation means that these companies donate a significant portion of their revenues to charity; that they adhere to all relevant environmental and product safety standards; and that their hiring and employment policies encourage commitments to diversity, gender pay equality, and work-life balance.

Which of the following conclusions can be drawn based on the statements above?

A) Socially responsible companies are, on average, more profitable than other companies.
B) Consumers prefer to purchase products from socially responsible companies.
C) It is possible for any company to be both socially responsible and profitable.
D) Companies do not have to be socially responsible in order to be profitable.
E) Not all socially responsible companies are profitable.


I cannot elaborate C or D. Both seem correct, right?


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C) It is possible for any company to be both socially responsible and profitable.
C seems very close to being correct , but there is an issue with the word "any". "any" goes a step too far when this conclusion need not necessarily be true for all .

D) Companies do not have to be socially responsible in order to be profitable.
D is better because many of the companies on the 100 most profitable list are not socially responsible.

Hope it helps !! :)


Yeah! I see. Good explanation. Thanks a lot ~.~

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Choice A is incorrect because it goes beyond the scope of the given information. You are only told that some companies on the list are socially responsible and others are not, but you cannot make an inference about the average profitability.

Choice B also goes beyond the scope of the given information, as there is no evidence in the argument about consumer preference.

Choice C is very close to being correct, but for the word "any." The prompt does logically lead to the idea that some companies can be both socially responsible and profitable, but that may not be true for any company. Think of a hypothetical like a company in a very low-margin, high-volume industry. Such a company might not be able to remain profitable while sacrificing that preciously-thin margin on responsible employment or environmental practices.

The correct answer is D. Because many of the companies on the "most profitable" list are not considered socially responsible, those companies are proof that a company does not have to be socially responsible to be profitable.

And choice E is "probably" true but cannot be concluded based on the premises. All you know is that some socially responsible companies are considered very profitable; you do not know from the premises about any company that is not on the most-profitable list.

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