In order to get a better understanding of the Maltese context, we first had to conduct a research study.
The Research for a NAP on CSR for Malta
What are we trying to find out?
- The first part of the questionnaire tried to find out the size and age of the company, the sector it is engaged in, as well as the locality it is situated in.
- Following this, we then tried to find out how aware of the concept of CSR a business is. The first question, for instance, asks whether the interviewee knows whether CSR goes beyond charity, sponsorships and similar initiatives.
- Then, we looked into the various CSR activities a business engages in. These activities can be related to issues such as the environment and employee well-being, among other things. In addition to this, the business was then asked to share whether it is involved in local community projects and whether it is involved in any charity, sponsorship, or philanthropic initiatives.
- The interviewee was then asked the reason for his or her engagement in CSR practices. This can be due to brand reputation and publicity, cost savings, tax incentives, or even genuine concern for CSR. Following this, the interviewee was asked to let us know whether he or she feels confident that the company’s CSR efforts are having a positive impact or making a difference.
- The final parts of the questionnaire addressed whether there is someone in charge of CSR in a company and, if so, who is responsible for it. Moreover, the research also explored whether the company has a policy or philosophy in place to specifically address CSR, and what is it that would encourage it to adopt and implement more CSR initiatives.
- Finally, the interviewee was asked to comment on whether he or she believes that a National Action Plan on CSR, to which businesses all over the country can adhere to and follow, will be useful.
The results of the research in PowerPoint format can be found here: A NAP on CSR for Malta Research Study