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Corporate governance and social responsibility

Marty Stuebs (Department of Accounting and Business Law, Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA)
Li Sun (Department of Accounting and MIS, Collins College of Business, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)

International Journal of Law and Management

ISSN: 1754-243X

Article publication date: 9 February 2015




This paper aims to draw on the stakeholder theory to examine the association between corporate governance and social responsibility.


This paper hypothesized that corporate governance is positively associated with corporate social responsibility (CSR), and good corporate governance also leads to good social responsibility in the following year. Corporate governance was measured by using the corporate governance index provided by Brown and Caylor (2006, 2009). CSR data come from Kinder, Lydenberg and Domini (KLD), Inc.


Regression analysis documents significant evidence to support a positive association between corporate governance and social responsibility. Evidence suggests that good governance leads to good CSR performance.


The results should interest managers who engage in behavior leading to or maintaining strong corporate governance mechanisms, financial analysts who conduct research on corporate governance and firm performance and policymakers who design and implement guidelines on corporate governance mechanisms. Moreover, results of this study can increase individual investors’ confidence in investing in companies with stronger corporate governance.



Stuebs, M. and Sun, L. (2015), "Corporate governance and social responsibility", International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 57 No. 1, pp. 38-52.



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