IELTS Data Reading Passage 149 – Corporate Social Responsibility

IELTS Data Reading Passage 149 – Corporate Social Responsibility

You should spend about 20 minutes on Questions 1 – 13 which are based on IELTS Data Reading Passage 149 – Corporate Social Responsibility Reading Passage Below:-

Corporate Social Responsibility

a new concept of “market.”

Maybe Ben & Jerry’s and The Body Shop set themselves up for a fall by appearing to have a monopoly on making an honest buck. But their struggles are a lesson on how little we know about the minefield of “ethical” marketing; the Body Shop, along with the American ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s, was hailed as a new breed of green, or environmentally conscious, business. 

Ben and Jerry’s 

{A} Ben & Jerry’s offers a very sweet benefits package to employees. First, every one of the 700+ Ben & Jerry’s workers is entitled to three free pints of ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt per day worked. (Some workers use allotments of their free treats to barter for other goods and services in town, such as haircuts.) Beyond the freebies, personnel receives a 50% discount on the company’s frozen goodies, a 40% discount on merchandise, and a further 30% break on non-Ben & Jerry’s foods at company outlets.

{B} Workers are further entitled to paid family leave and may take advantage of the Employee Stock Purchase Program to purchase company stock (after six months with the organization) at a 15% discount. Beginning in 1998, 316 stock options were awarded to each worker (excluding directors and officers), and the stock was also assigned to each employee’s 401K plan at the end of the calendar year. These contributions are intended to achieve the company’s goal of linked prosperity, i.e., to assure that future prosperity is widely shared by all employees.

{C} Other benefits include:

► Health insurance, including coverage for well baby-care and mammograms 

► Life insurance (twice the employee’s annual salary) 

► Dental insurance 

► Long-term disability plan paying 60% of salary six months after disability for the duration of disability 

► Short-term disability plan paying 60% of salary for six months 

► Maternity leave with full pay for six weeks after delivery

The Body Shop

{D} History of The Body Shop Anita Roddick started The Body Shop with a mere £4,000 and a dream. With over 1,900 stores in 50 countries. The Body Shop was founded in 1976 in Brighton, England. From her original shop, which offered a line of 25 different lotions, creams, and oils, Roddick became the first successful marketer of body care products that combined natural ingredients with ecologically benign manufacturing processes. Her company’s refusal to test products on animals, along with an insistence on non-ex exploitative labour practices among suppliers around the world, appealed especially to upscale, mainly middle-class women, who were and have continued to be the company’s primary market. As sales boomed, even the conservative financial markets approved of The Body Shop’s impressive profit picture, and a public stock offering in 1984 was successful. An expansion campaign followed. In 1988 the company entered the U.S. market by opening a store in New York City, and by 1997 the company boasted 1,500 stores, including franchises, in 47 countries. Anti-marketing seemed to be smart marketing, at least as far as The Body Shop was concerned

{E} Part of the secret of The Body Shop’s early success was that it had created a market niche for itself. The company was not directly competing against the traditional cosmetics companies, which marketed their products as fashion accessories designed to cover up flaws and make women look more like the fashion models who appeared in their lavish ads. Instead, The Body Shop offered a line of products that promised benefits other than appearance-healthier skin, for instance, rather than simply a better-looking complexion. The company is known for pioneering the natural-ingredient cosmetic market and establishing social responsibility as an integral part of company operations. The Body Shop is known for its ethical stances, such as its monetary donations to the communities in which it operates, and it’s business partnerships with developing countries. In 1988 Roddick opened her first store in the United States, and by that time—through various social initiatives such as the “Stop the Burn” campaign to save the Brazilian rainforest (the source of many of the company’s natural ingredients and strong support of employee volunteerism-The Body Shop name had become synonymous with social activism and global preservation worldwide. The company had also become immensely profitable.

{F} By the mid-1990s, however, The Body Shop faced growing competition, forcing it to begin its first major advertising initiative, the most prominent part of which was the “Ruby” campaign. The campaign was personified by Ruby, a doll with Rubenesque proportions who was perched on an antique couch and who looked quite pleased with herself and her plump frame. Randy Williamson, a spokesperson for The Body Shop, said, “Ruby is the fruit of our long-established practice of challenging the way the cosmetic industry talks to women. The Ruby campaign is designed to promote the idea that The Body Shop creates products designed to enhance features, moisturize, cleanse, and polish, not correct ‘flaws.’ The Body Shop philosophy is that there is real beauty in everyone. We are not claiming that our products perform miracles.”

{G} TheCompetition the Body Shop lost market share in the late 1990s to product-savvy competitors that offered similar cosmetics at lower prices. The main competitors are H20, Sephora, Bath and Body Works, and Origins. Research Results Research showed that women appreciate The Body Shop for its ethical standards. They are pleased by companies with green actions, not promises. The research proved that The Body Shop had been put on the back burner in many people’s minds: overcrowded by newer, fresher Brands. Companies like the Body Shop continually hype their products through advertising and marketing, often creating a demand for something where a real need for it does not exist. The message pushed is that the route to happiness is through buying more and more of their products. Under such consumerism, the increasing domination of multinationals and their standardized products is leading to global cultural conformity. Other downfall factors also include misleading the public, low pay and against unions, exploiting indigenous people; Also the mass production, packaging, and transportation of huge quantities of goods are using up the world’s resources faster than they can be renewed and filling the land, sea, and air with dangerous pollution and waste

{H} TheProblem The Body Shop has used safe and timid advertising over the last decade, decreasing market share and brand value. With the rise of new, more natural, and environmentally friendly competitors, The Body Shop can no longer stand behind being the greenest or most natural. The Body Shop is the originator of ethical beauty, with our actions speaking louder than our words. This is the new direction of The Body Shop. We will be a part of different acts of kindness in big cities. We will eliminate unwanted graffiti, purify city air, and give the customer an opportunity to be a part of something good.

Questions 1-4

The IELTS Data Reading Passage 149 – Corporate Social Responsibility reading Passage has seven paragraphs A-H.

Which paragraph contains the following information? Write the correct letter A-H in boxes 14-17 on your answer sheet.

Question 1:- An action is taken to Establish social responsibility in a conservation project

Question 2:- a description of the conventional way the ads applied to talk to its customers

Question 3:- A history of a humble origin and expansion

Question 4:- management practices are intended to line up the company’s goal with participants’ prosperity

Questions 5-7

Choose the three correct letters, A-F. Write your answers in box 5-7 on your answer sheet.

Question 5-7:- What are true about the Ben & Jerry’s company management

(A) There was little difference between the highest salary and the lowest 

(B) They were advertising their product with powerful internal marketing. 

(C) They offer the employee complimentary product

(D) Employee was encouraged to give services back to the community 

(E) the products are designed for workers to barter for other goods and services 

(F) offered a package of benefits for disabling employees 

Questions 8-10

Choose the three correct letters, A-F. 

Write your answers in boxes 8-10 on your answer sheet.

What are the factors that once contributed to the success of the BODY SHOP?

(A) pioneering the natural-ingredient cosmetics market 

(B)appealed to the primary market, mainly of the rich women

(C)focused on their lavish ads campaign 

(D)The company avoided producing the traditional cosmetics products 

(E)its moral concept that refuses to use animals- tested ingredients 

(F) its monetary donations to the communities and in developing countries

Questions 11-13

Choose the three correct letters, A-F. Write your answers in boxes 11-13 on your answer sheet.

What are the factors leading to the later failure of the BODY SHOP company?

(A) its philosophy that there is real beauty in everyone is faulty 

(B) fail to fulfil promises while acting like misleading the public,

(C) faced growing competition 

(D) its creates demand for something that the customers do not actually need 

(E) its newer, fresher Brands are not successful in the Market 

(F) fail to offer cosmetics at lower prices than competitors

IELTS Data Reading Passage 149 – Corporate Social Responsibility Answers

(1) E

(2) F

(3) D

(4) B

(5) C

(6) D

(7) F

(8) A

(9) E

(10) F

(11) B

(12) C

(13) D

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