Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 143–152 | Cite as

Effects of an Employee Volunteering Program on the Work Force: The ABN-AMRO Case

  • Dick de Gilder
  • Theo N. M. Schuyt
  • Melissa Breedijk


One of the new ways used by companies to demonstrate their social responsibility is to encourage employee volunteering, whereby employees engage in socially beneficial activities on company time, while being paid by the company. The reasoning is that it is good for employee motivation (internal effects) and good for the company reputation (external effects). This article reports an empirical investigation of the internal effects of employee volunteering conducted amongst employees of the Dutch ABN-AMRO bank. The study showed that (a) socio-demographic characteristics from employee volunteers markedly differ from those of non-volunteers and community volunteers and (b) employee volunteering seems to have positive effects on attitudes and behavior towards the organization.

Key words

Employee volunteering corporate social responsibility effects on attitude and behavior volunteering and socio-demographic characteristics 



Organizational citizenship behavior


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dick de Gilder
    • 1
  • Theo N. M. Schuyt
  • Melissa Breedijk
  1. 1.Department of Public Administration and Organization, Faculty of Social SciencesVrije Universiteit AmsterdamHV, AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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