Kodexakzeptanz 2011: Analyse der Entsprechenserklärungen zum Deutschen Corporate Governance Kodex (Code Compliance 2011: Analysis of the Declarations of Conformity with the German Corporate Governance Code)

Der Aufsichtsrat, 2011

HHL Research Paper Series in Corporate Governance No. 5 - July 2011

8 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2011 Last revised: 19 May 2013

See all articles by Christian R. G. Kohl

Christian R. G. Kohl

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management | Center for Corporate Governance

Marc Steffen Rapp

University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics; University of Marburg - Marburg Centre for Institutional Economics (MACIE)

Michael Wolff

University of Göttingen

Date Written: July 12, 2011

Abstract

Die vorliegende Studie untersucht die Akzeptanz der aktuellen Version des Deutschen Corporate Governance Kodex (DCGK) durch die DAX- und MDAX-Gesellschaften. Tendenziell ergibt sich, dass der überwiegende Teil der „Soll-Empfehlungen“ des DCGK umgesetzt wird. Auf Ebene einzelner Kapitel oder Paragraphen besteht jedoch substantielle Heterogenität: Ausgewählte Empfehlungen werden von einem Teil der Unternehmen systematisch abgelehnt. Weitergehende Analysen zeigen, dass dies auf ökonomische Unternehmenscharakteristika zurückzuführen ist. Allerdings beabsichtigen die Gesellschaften eine weitere Annäherung an den DCGK.

We analyze the compliance behavior of German listed firms with the German Corporate Governance Code in 2010. Our sample covers DAX and MDAX corporations which published their compliance statement until the end of February 2011. We generally find a high compliance level, however some individual Code recommendations show substantial heterogeneity. The results of the further analysis are twofold. First, we find that these deviations are closely related to firm characteristics. Second, we derive a likely increase of the compliance rates in 2011, according to firms’ explanations for Code deviation.

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Keywords: corporate governance, german corporate governance code, compliance

Suggested Citation

Kohl, Christian R. G. and Rapp, Marc Steffen and Wolff, Michael, Kodexakzeptanz 2011: Analyse der Entsprechenserklärungen zum Deutschen Corporate Governance Kodex (Code Compliance 2011: Analysis of the Declarations of Conformity with the German Corporate Governance Code) (July 12, 2011). Der Aufsichtsrat, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1886265 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1886265

Christian R. G. Kohl

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management | Center for Corporate Governance ( email )

Jahnallee 59
Leipzig, 04109
Germany

Marc Steffen Rapp (Contact Author)

University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics ( email )

Am Plan 2
Marburg, D-35037
Germany

University of Marburg - Marburg Centre for Institutional Economics (MACIE) ( email )

Am Plan
Marburg, 35032
Germany

Michael Wolff

University of Göttingen ( email )

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
Göttingen, DE 37073
Germany

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