Graduates drawn to ‘ethically sound’ companies

More
than three-quarters of graduates would not work for a company that has a poor
ethical record, according to research.

The
research, on behalf of Axiom Software, also shows that 56 per cent of graduates
believe it is still possible to be selective about a potential employers’
ethical record when the economy is under pressure.

Half
of the 700 students and graduates surveyed would take their ideal job over a
higher paying job – despite the pressure of paying off student debts.

They
are also realistic about their careers, with slightly over half expecting to be
made redundant in their lifetime at least once.

Mark
Housley, CEO of Axiom Software, commented, "People want to work for
organisations they can be proud of and relate to. This raises the question of
whether companies are sufficiently aware of this concern and are successfully
getting their ethical record across to potential recruits.

"Companies
need to actively engage their HR directors in the content of their corporate
websites in order to convey a positive message to potential employees about
their ethical record and company culture."

By Ben Willmott

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