SOURCE: Hudson

August 15, 2007 06:00 ET

Employees Value Corporate Social Responsibility, Just Not for Making Job Decisions

Hudson Survey Finds Just 7% Have Turned Down Job Offer for Lack of Such Programs

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 15, 2007) - Three-quarters (75 percent) of U.S. workers think companies have responsibilities to the community, but a resounding 70 percent don't consider a prospective employer's corporate social responsibility (CSR) program very important when it comes to evaluating job offers. In fact, only seven percent of today's work force claims that they have ever rejected an offer based on the lack of a company's CSR program.

These findings come from a new survey by Hudson (NASDAQ: HHGP), a leading provider of permanent recruitment, contract professionals and talent management services worldwide.

Even if employees do not base job decisions on CSR programs, nearly half (46 percent) believe it is very important for an organization to have such an initiative. Furthermore, workers appreciate opportunities to invest in the community when they are given the chance. Among the 46 percent of workers who work for an organization with a CSR program, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) participate. Only 20 percent of workers state their employer allows them paid time off to volunteer. But of those, 70 percent take advantage of it.

"While the ROI of a CSR initiative is tough to determine, employees expect their employers to give back to the community and value the opportunity to be a part of that," said Peg Buchenroth, senior vice president, human resources, Hudson. "In addition, participating in a charitable activity not only builds strong team dynamics but also makes an individual feel like he or she is helping the organization give back to society."

As many might suspect, formal CSR programs are more prevalent at large companies. Fifty-eight percent of respondents who work for a company with 500+ employees state their firm has a CSR program, compared to 45 percent of all workers. About one-third of workers at companies with less than 100 employees say the same. Additionally, 82 percent of workers at large companies indicate that the organization arranges volunteer activities, versus 70 percent of all workers.

About the Survey

The Hudson CSR survey is based on a national poll of 2,000 U.S. workers conducted August 4 - 5, 2007 and was compiled by Rasmussen Reports, LLC, an independent research firm (www.RasmussenReports.com). The margin of sampling error for a survey based on this number of interviews is approximately +/-2.4 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence. A more detailed data report is available at www.hudson-index.com under Topics & Trends.

Hudson, one of the world's leading professional staffing, outsourcing and talent management solutions providers, also publishes the Hudson Employment Index(SM), a monthly measure of the U.S. work force's confidence in the employment market. The next Hudson Employment Index will be released on September 5.

Hudson

Hudson (NASDAQ: HHGP) is a leading provider of permanent recruitment, contract professionals and talent management services worldwide. From single placements to total outsourced solutions, Hudson helps clients achieve greater organizational performance by assessing, recruiting, developing and engaging the best and brightest people for their businesses. The company employs more than 3,600 professionals serving clients and candidates in more than 20 countries. More information is available at www.hudson.com.

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