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Active Ownership


Elroy Dimson


London Business School; University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

Oğuzhan Karakaş


Boston College - Department of Finance

Xi Li


The Wharton School - Department of Accounting; Temple University - Fox School of Business and Management

August 13, 2014


Abstract:     
We analyze an extensive proprietary database of corporate social responsibility engagements with US public companies over 1999-2009. Engagements address environmental, social, and governance concerns. Successful (unsuccessful) engagements are followed by positive (zero) abnormal returns. Companies with inferior governance and socially conscious institutional investors are more likely to be engaged. Success in engagements is more probable if the engaged firm has reputational concerns and higher capacity to implement changes. Collaboration among activists is instrumental in increasing the success rate of environmental/social engagements. After successful engagements, particularly on environmental/social issues, companies experience improved accounting performance and governance, and increased institutional ownership.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: Engagement, corporate social responsibility (CSR), environmental, social, and governance (ESG), socially responsible investing (SRI), universal ownership, shareholder activism

JEL Classification: G15, G23, G34

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Date posted: October 1, 2012 ; Last revised: August 14, 2014

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Dimson, Elroy and Karakaş, Oğuzhan and Li, Xi, Active Ownership (August 13, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2154724 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2154724

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Elroy Dimson (Contact Author)
London Business School ( email )
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University of Cambridge - Judge Business School
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Oğuzhan Karakaş
Boston College - Department of Finance ( email )
Carroll School of Management
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United States
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HOME PAGE: http://www2.bc.edu/~karakas/
Xi Li
The Wharton School - Department of Accounting ( email )
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3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6365
United States
(215) 898-7125 (Phone)

Temple University - Fox School of Business and Management ( email )
Alter Hall 449
1801 Liacouras Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States
HOME PAGE: http://astro.temple.edu/~xili/

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