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Analyze the conflict between corporate socially responsible (CSR) decisions and profitable decisions. 

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starTop subjects are Literature, Business, and Law and Politics defines corporate social responsibility (CSR) as “assessing and taking responsibility for the company’s effects on the environment and impact on social welfare . . . [and] can involve incurring short-term costs that do not provide an immediate financial benefit to the company, but instead promote positive social and environmental change.”

In contrast, profitable decisions are those that are designed to maximize positive earnings on the company's bottom line. Profit is essentially the difference between what a company makes and what a company spends. If the company makes more than it spends, it's profitable.

CSR decisions and profit-based decisions are not necessarily in conflict. There are plenty of examples of areas in which CSR and profitability can overlap. For instance, a small business that takes an active role in recycling plastic waste may find an added bottom-line benefit by earning a return from those recyclables that otherwise would not have existed had they...

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