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Title: Does employee quality affect corporate social responsibility? Evidence from China
Authors: Sun, Shilu 
Li, Tiantian 
Ma, Hong 
Dr. LI Yi Man, Rita 
Gouliamos, Kostas 
Zheng, Jianming 
Han, Yan 
Manta, Otilia 
Comite, Ubaldo 
Barros, Teresa 
Duarte, Nelson 
Yue, Xiao-Guang 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12(7), article no. 2692.
Journal: Sustainability 
Abstract: This paper investigated the impact of employee quality on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Based on data from China A-share-listed companies for the years 2012-2016 and using ordinary least squares, our empirical results show that the educational level of the workforce, as a proxy for employee quality, is positively associated with CSR, which suggests that higher education can promote CSR implementation. Additional analyses found that this positive relationship is more pronounced in non-state-owned enterprises, enterprises in regions with lower marketisation processes, and firms with lower proportions of independent directors. This study extends the literature on human capital at the level of firms' entire workforce and CSR by elaborating the positive eect of employee quality on CSR in the context of an emerging economy (China). The results suggest that it is necessary to consider the educational level of employees when analysing CSR, which is of strategic significance for corporate sustainable development. © 2020 by the authors.
Description: Open Access
Type: Peer Reviewed Journal Article
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: 10.3390/SU12072692
Appears in Collections:Economics and Finance - Publication

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