Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 118, Issue 1, pp 117–126

Ownership Concentration and CSR Policy of European Multinational Enterprises



This study investigates how ownership concentration in European multinational firms is associated with these firms’ corporate social responsibility (CSR). We employ factor analysis on responsibility data from EIRiS and use a regression analysis. Using firm-level data for almost 700 European firms, we find that shareholder concentration is significantly related to such policies. That is, more concentrated ownership goes hand in hand with poorer CSR policies. In our analysis, we control for size, leverage, profitability, industry, and country of origin. We use several indicators for ownership concentration. We also find that with more concentrated ownership, CSR of the firm gets worse. We suggest that especially with large shareholders, CSR would need to be included in their performance assessment.


Blockholders  Concentrated ownership Corporate social responsibility Europe Multinational enterprises 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Energy and Sustainability Centre, Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance, Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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