Subject. This article explores the determinants of social responsibility of backbone enterprises. Objectives. The article aims to investigate the relationships between the socio-economic situation of the monotown where the backbone company operates, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Methods. For the study, I used a regression analysis and univariate analysis of spatial data. The rating estimates calculated using an original methodology are used as a CSR proxy (dependent variable). Results. Presenting information about the current situation of backbone enterprises and monotowns in Russia, the article reveals the existence of relationships between the backbone enterprise's affiliation to a monotown with a certain socio-economic situation and the level of corporate social responsibility. Conclusions. The situation of the backbone companies is likely to deteriorate. Increasing the level of social responsibility during a crisis seems unlikely.
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