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Corporate Social Responsibility Perceived by Employees: Latvian Survey Results

Jelena Titko, Viktorija Skvarciany and Tatjana Tambovceva

Central European Business Review, 2021, vol. 2021, issue 3, 37-50

Abstract: There is empirical evidence that business commitment to the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles has a direct positive impact on customer loyalty, employees' performance, and, as a result, on the company's value. The goal of the current paper is to evaluate the perceived importance of the company's CSR-related practices from the viewpoint of employees. One hundred nineteen representatives of Latvian companies were surveyed, using the authors' developed questionnaire consisted of 35 statements. Survey data was processed applying the frequency analysis and the logistic regression method. Most of the respondents (84%) perceive the company's commitment to CSR principles as necessary. The base on the frequency analysis results, the most important CSR elements from the viewpoint of Latvian employees are paid leaves, consumer interests, and salary. Logistic regression yielded the elements, which contribute the most to the positive perception of CSR: 'flexible work', 'support staff relaxation' and 'claims submission system' within the group' staff matters'. The measurement scale was tested for reliability and, based on Cronbach alpha results, was accepted as appropriate for use in a cross-country survey. Implications for Central European audience: Despite the high interest in CSR-related issues in academia, the number of published works in Baltic countries is limited. In this particular study, the authors tried to identify - what exactly affects employees' positive attitude to CSR commitment - the company's participation in charity programmes or its environmental responsibility, for example? This survey contributed to the theoretical knowledge base about CSR perception among the staff of Latvian companies. In turn, the future survey is planned to be extended, involving respondents from Central and Eastern European countries. This, in turn, will allow making conclusions about the differences in attitude to CSR practices expressed by employees from different countries.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility; employees'; perception; logistic regression; Latvia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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