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Graduates take CSR to heart


UK graduate employees are showing increasing involvement in and support for their employers' CSR initiatives, despite a general lack of job satisfaction.

A survey of 24,500 working graduates has found that CSR policies emerge as ‘a leading light' in post-university working life. The survey, conducted by the charity and higher education agency Graduate Prospects, shows more than half of graduate workers support such measures as recycling, ethical business relationships and energy saving. Graduates are less supportive of community projects or charity fund-raising, though businesses continue to encourage both.
The data comes against a backdrop of only a third of graduate jobs meeting employees' expectations. Mike Hill, chief executive of Graduate Prospects, said the results 'reveal the realities of working life not quite meeting graduate expectations and a significant number of young people feeling disenchanted with what they've got'. He said: 'CSR has proven to be the exception to the rule, with businesses generally meeting or even over-delivering.'

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