Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 98, Issue 4, pp 531–548 | Cite as

How Important Are CEOs to CSR Practices? An Analysis of the Mediating Effect of the Perceived Role of Ethics and Social Responsibility

  • José-Luis Godos-Díez
  • Roberto Fernández-Gago
  • Almudena Martínez-Campillo


Drawing on the Agency–Stewardship approach, which suggests that manager profile may range from the agent model to the steward model, this article aims to examine how important CEOs are to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Specifically, this exploratory study proposes the existence of a relationship between manager profile and CSR practices and that this relation is mediated by the perceived role of ethics and social responsibility. After applying a mediated regression analysis using survey information collected from 149 CEOs in Spain, results show that those closer to the steward model are more inclined to attach great importance to ethics and social responsibility, and to implement CSR practices in their companies. Results also provide support for the suggested mediating effect. Thus, this article extends research in understanding top managers as drivers for CSR and suggests new ways to deal with this issue empirically.


Agency–Stewardship approach corporate social responsibility manager profile perceived role of ethics and social responsibility (PRESOR) scale Spain 


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  • José-Luis Godos-Díez
    • 1
  • Roberto Fernández-Gago
    • 1
  • Almudena Martínez-Campillo
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeónLeónSpain

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