Corporate Governance: Shareholders' Interests and Other Stakeholders' Interests
Corporate Ownership & Control / Volume 4, Issue 4, Summer 2007
7 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2013
Date Written: 2007
Much of the traditional Company Law doctrine considers that Corporations must be managed to promote, above all, shareholders’ rights. Activities in favour of non-shareholder constituencies such as suppliers, consumers, employees or the Community at large can be perceived as a means of Management to increase its power and personal prestige. Stakeholders’ interests can be interpreted as opposing Shareholders rights to obtain fair revenue for their investment. In this paper, we argue that Shareholders and Stakeholders interests are compatible and both contribute to corporate long term efficiency and progress. It is further argued that it is essential to achieve a wide consensus on how to control Management actions in support of Stakeholders interests.
Keywords: Shareholders, Stakeholders, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Social
JEL Classification: M14, G34
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