Volume 12 Issue 3 was published. 
The main theme of the issue: Individual and society in the global postmodernity: socio-cultural metamorphoses
The articles are published in the Bulletin of the Institute of Sociology (Vestnik Instituta Sociologii) in Russian with a special supplement in English.
There are some full-text articles translated into English that originally was published in the journal in Russian.
For full-text articles in English please click here
2021. Vol. 12. No 3 published 09/30/2021
2021. Vol. 12. No 2 published 06/30/2021
2021. Vol. 12. No 1 published 04/01/2021
2020. Vol. 11. No 4 published 12/28/2020
All Issue:

2021 ( Vol. 12)  |  3   2   1  
2020 ( Vol. 11)  |  4   3   2   1  
2019 ( Vol. 10)  |  4   3   2   1  
2018 ( Vol.   9)  |  4   3   2   1  
2017 ( Vol.   8)  |  4   3   2   1  
2016 ( Vol.   7)  |  4   3   2   1  
2015 ( Vol.   6)  |  4   3   2   1  
2014 ( Vol.   5)  |  4   3   2   1  
2013 ( Vol.   4)  |  2   1  
2012 ( Vol.   3)  |  2   1  
2011 ( Vol.   2)  |  2   1  
2010 ( Vol.   1)  |  1  

Krzhizhanovskogo Street, 24/35, korpus 5, 117218, Moscow, Russia

Tel.: +7 (499) 128-85-19
Fax: +7 (495) 719-07-40

e-mail: vestnik@isras.ru

Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

web-site: https://www.fctas.org

Social responsibility of Russian business during economic crisis

Е. Я. Виттенберг, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, main researcher, ,
mailto: intelban@mail.ru
Social responsibility of Russian business during economic crisis.
Vestnik instituta sotziologii. 2017. Vol. 8. No. 1. P. 76-113

DOI: 10.19181/vis.2017.20.1.440

This Article is downloaded: 195 times
Topic: Actors of modernization

For citation:
Е. Я. Виттенберг. Social responsibility of Russian business during economic crisis. Vestnik instituta sotziologii. 2017. Vol. 8. No. 1. P. 76-113
DOI: https://doi.org/10.19181/vis.2017.20.1.440


This article is dedicated to analyzing the social responsibility of business (SRB) during the current historical stage, which is characterized by economic crisis. SRB is examined in tight connection with social responsibility of government officials and civic society. According to the author, developing a solidary responsibility among all of its subjects is one of the most important conditions for overcoming the crisis as quickly as possible. In this article considerable attention is paid to analyzing the efforts of the government when it comes to improving the business climate in such aspects as eliminating bureaucratic obstacles which hamper the functioning of businesses, a certain decrease in the tax burden for several categories of small businesses, providing access to infrastructure, etc. The article highlights certain achievements of the government when it comes to these matters, which are reflected in international ratings that evaluate entrepreneurial climate. Meanwhile the article marks certain difficulties and contradictory trends when it comes to improving the business climate in Russia. Cited among them is poor property protection as a result of extensive corporate raiding, unequal relations between business and government, corruptive pressure on businesses. The article examines SRB during crisis based on such key issues as tax payment, relations with internal stakeholders, producing quality products, charity, not to mention that it analyzes the reasons for business’ social irresponsibility. In conclusion, the article states that business’ behavior during crisis is controversial. The leading businesses show socially responsible behavior: they pay taxes, maintain jobs, produce quality products, and implement ecological and charitable projects. Irresponsible business “hides in the shadow”, decreases the net cost of products at the expense of quality, and abandons charitable campaigns. It is concluded that socially responsible behavior of businesses is the key to helping them stay afloat, as well as ushering the country towards stable development.


the social responsibility of business, the social responsibility of government, solidarity social responsibility, responsibility before external and internal stakeholders, the social irresponsibility of the business


Antikrizisny plan pravitel'stva RF [Anti-crisis Plan of the Government of the Russian Federation. 2015]. Rossiyskaja gazeta. Official website. URL: https://rg.ru/2015/02/02/plan-dok.html [date of visit: 01.09.2016].

Barometr krizisa [The Barometer of Crisis]. Forum donorov. Website. URL: http://www.donorsforum.ru/projects/barometr-krizisa [date of visit: 27.08.2016].

Bazanova E., Mereminskaja E., Derbilova E., Terent'eva A. Putin opiat' dal slovo [Putin Again Gave the Floor]. Vedomosti Official website. Release 20.06.2016. URL: https://www.vedomosti.ru/business/articles/2016/06/20/645956-putin-opyat-dal-slovo [date of visit: 25.08.2016].

Bezrabotica v Rossii v 2016 godu [Unempoyment in Russia in 2016]. Person agency. Official website. URL: https://person-agency.ru/statistic.html [date of visit: 27.08.2016].

Blagotvoritel'nost' v krizis: kto i skol'ko tratit [Charity in Crisis: Who Spends and How Much]. Analitichesky centr NAFI. Official website. URL: http://nacfin.ru/blagotvoritelnost-v-krizis-kto-i-skolko-tratit [date of visit: 29.08.2016].

Doing Business 2016 reports. The World Bank. Doingbusiness. Website. URL: http://www.doingbusiness.org/~/media/WBG/DoingBusiness/Documents/Annual-Reports/English/DB16-Full-Report.pdf [date of visit: 07.09.2016].

Doing Business in Russia 2012 reports. The World Bank. Doingbusiness Website. URL: http://www.doingbusiness.org/~/media/WBG/DoingBusiness/Documents/Subnational-Reports/DB12-Sub-Russia.pdf [date of visit: 07.09.2016].

Doklad o tendencijah v sfere KSO v Rossii v 2009 godu [Report on Trends in Corporate Social Responsibility in Russia in 2009]. RUIE Official website. Release 2010. URL: http://www.rspp.ru [date of visit: 23.08.2016].

Gorelova E. Malomu biznesu prigotovili l'goty [Small Businesses Have Prepared Benefits]. Vedomosti. Official website. URL: https://www.vedomosti.ru/management/articles/2015/10/02/611218-malomu-biznesu-prigotovili-lgoti [date of visit: 23.08.2016].

Gurvich E. T., Suslina A. L. Dinamika sobiraemosti nalogov v Rossii: makroekonomichesky podhod. Gosudarstvennye finansy. Nalogovo-biudzhetnaja politika [The Dynamics of Tax Collection in Russia: the Macroeconomic Approach. Public Finance. Fiscal Policy]. Ekonomicheskaja expertnaja gruppa. Official website. Release 2015. URL: http://www.eeg.ru/files/lib/02092015.pdf?PHPSESSID=f91b06bcd38449225b73a8514c6eae35 [date of visit: 21.08.2016].

Index of Economic Freedom. Gumanitarnye Tekhnologii. The Web journal. Release 2012. URL http://gtmarket.ru/news/state/2012/01/13/3839 [date of visit: 10.09.2016].

Index of Economic Freedom. Gumanitarnye Tekhnologii. The Web journal. Release 2016. URL: http://gtmarket.ru/ratings/index-of-economic-freedom/index-of-economic-freedom-info [date of visit: 24.01.2017].

Kak sohranit' KSO-programmy v krizis [How to Keep Corporate Social Responsibility Programs in Crisis. 2016]. Agentstvo social'noy informacii. Official website. URL: http://www.asi.org.ru/kak-sohranit-kso-programmy-v-krizis [date of visit: 09.08.2016].

Karaibrahimoğlu Y.Z. Corporate social responsibility in times of financial crisis. African Journal of Business Management. 2010. Vol. 4 (4), pp. 382‑389.

KÖse С. The Effects of the Financial Crisis on Corporate Social Responsibility. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 2012 February, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 292–300.

Kostiakina A. S. Social'naja otvetstvennost' biznesa v uslovijah mirovogo finansovogo krizisa [Social Responsibility of Business in the Global Financial Crisis]. Terra Economicus. Economichesky vestnik rostovskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta, 2009, vol. 7, no 2 (part three), pp. 32–35.

Krizis izmenil vkus i kachestvo produktov, rynok zapolnil produktovy fal'sifikat [].Agrobook. Website. Release 2015. URL: http://www.agrobook.ru/blog/user/soyuz-organicheskogo-zemledeliya/kachestvo-produktov-pitaniya-s-kontrolem-kachestva [date of visit: 01.09.2016].

Lozovaja I. S. Social'naja otvetstvennost' rossiyskih predprijatiy v uslovijah economicheskogo krizisa [Social Responsibility of Russian Enterprises in the Conditions of Economic Crisis]. Vestnik AGTU. Ser. Economika, 2009, no 1, pp. 14–16.

Malysheva E., Bikbov A., Koptiubenko D. Tenevoy sektor economiki Rossii vyros na 3 mln chelovek [The Shadow Economy of Russia Grew by 3 Million People]. RBC Information agency. Official website. URL: http://www.rbc.ru/economics/26/02/2015/54ef19049a7947453eeb6428 [date of visit: 01.08.2016].

Minstroy Rossii [Ministry of Construction of Russia]. RBK. URL: http://www.minstroyrf.ru/press/srok-prokhozhdeniya-protsedur-neobkhodimykh-dlya-polucheniya-razresheniya-na-stroitelstvo-znachiteln [date of visit: 03.08.2016].

Mironov V. Vstupil v silu moratoriy na proverki malogo biznesa [The Moratorium on Small Business Checks Came into Effect]. Rossiyskaja gazeta. Official website. Release 2016. URL: https://rg.ru/2016/01/02/biznes-site.html [date of visit: 01.08.2016].

Nacional'ny Registr i Biblioteka korporativnykh nefinansovykh otchiotov [National Register and Library of Corporate Non-Financial Reports]. The Web portal. URL: http://www.rspp.ru/simplepage/157 [date of visit: 23. 01. 2017].

«Opora Rossii» prosit Mintrud iskliuchit' MROT iz raschiota strahovykh vznosov ["Support of Russia" Asks the Ministry of Labor to Exclude the Minimum Wage from the Calculation of Insurance Premiums]. TASS Official website. Release 20.07.2016. URL: http://tass.ru/ekonomika/3469919 [date of visit: 09.08.2016].

Otvetstvennaja delovaja praktika v zerkale otchiotnosti. Analitichesky obzor korporativnykh nefinansovykh otchiotov 2012–2014 gg. Vypuska [Responsible Business Practice in the Mirror of Accountability. Analytical Review of Corporate Non-financial Reports 2012-2014 Release.]. RUIE Official website. URL: http://media.rspp.ru/document/1/1/3/1310e25ab7ebd8f22b8baa594bce857c.pdf [date of visit: 01.08.2016].

Prosrochennaja zadolzhennost' po zarabotnoy plate [Arrears of Wages. 2016]. Rosstat Oficial website. URL: http://www.gks.ru/wps/wcm/connect/rosstat_main/rosstat/ru/statistics/publications/catalog/doc_1237983568234 [date of visit: 10.09.2016].

Putin V. V. Vystuplenie na s`ezde RSPP 24.02.2016 [Speach at the RUIE Forum 24th feb. 2016]. Russian President Official website. URL: http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51559 [date of visit: 01.08.2016].

Selvi Y., Wagner E., ve Türel A. Corporate Social Responsibility In The Time Of Financial Crisis: Evidence From Turkey. Annales Universitatis Apulensis Series Oeconomica, 2010, no 12, Issue 1, pp. 333–338.

Social'naja otvetstvennost' – novoe v politike TPP Rossija [Social Responsibility – New Aspect in Politics of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia]. Mecenat. Website. URL: http://www.maecenas.ru/doc/2003_4_7.html [date of visit: 01.08.2016].

Tenevaja economika [The Shadow Economy]. The Web Economic Encyclopedia “Gandars”. URL: http://www.grandars.ru/student/nac-ekonomika/tenevaya-ekonomika.html#a4 [date of visit: 01.08.2016].

Titov B. Y. Ezhegodny doklad ombudsmena [Annual Report of the Ombudsman]. Upolnomochenny po zaschite prav predprinimateley v RF. Official website. URL: www.ombudsmanrd.ru/tag/ezhegodnyj-doklad 2016 [date of visit: 04.09.2016].

Titov B. Y. Nalogovaja nagruzka na biznes [Tax Burden on Business]. Upolnomochenny po zaschite prav predprinimateley v RF. Official website. URL: http://www.ombudsmanbiz.ru/2016/03/v-rossii-nalogovaya-nagruzka-na-biznes-vyshe-chem-srednemirovaya/ [date of visit: 04.09.2016].

Vittenberg E. Y. Ecologicheskaja otvetstvennost' biznesa [Environmental Responsibility of Business]. Rossija i sovremenny mir, 2010, no 2, pp. 31–49.

Vittenberg E. Y. Social'naja otvetstvennost' biznesa na postsovetskom prostranstve [Social Responsibility of Business in the Post-Soviet Space.]. Moscow, RSHU publ., 2011. 481 p.

Vladimirov E. Tenevoy rynok v Rossii ne ischezaet [The Shadow Market in Russia Does not Disappear]. TPP-Inform. Website. URL: http://tpp-inform.ru/vedomosti/obshchestvo/35139/ [date of visit: 20.08.2016].

Voronina J. Reyderstvo ugrozhaet malomu i srednemu biznesu v Rossii [Raiding Threatens Small and Medium-sized Businesses in Russia]. Rossiyskaja gazeta. Official website. URL: https://rg.ru/2015/07/07/reyderstvo.html [date of visit: 20.08.2016].

Content 2017' 20