Shareholder Engagement on Environmental, Social, and Governance Performance

Shareholder Engagement on Environmental, Social, and Governance Performance

Tamas Barko, Martijn Cremers, Luc Renneboog

Series number :

Serial Number: 
509/2017

Date posted :

June 01 2017

Last revised :

April 16 2018
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Keywords

  • investor activism; corporate social responsibility; socially responsible investing (SRI); engagement; environmental • 
  • social and governance (ESG)

We study investor activism promoting environmental, social and governance (ESG) improvements using a proprietary dataset. Targets have a higher market share, analyst coverage, stock returns, and liquidity. The engagements lead to ESG rating adjustments. Activism is more likely to succeed when targets have a good ex ante ESG track record, lower ownership concentration and growth.

Successful engagements positively a ect sales growth, without changing prof- itability. A portfolio of targeted rms earns superior returns to that of matched rms. E.g., targets in the ex ante lowest ESG quartile outperform nonengaged peers by 4.7%. Similarly, successful engagements generate higher returns than unsuccessful ones.

Authors

Dr.
Real name:
Tamas Barko
University of Mannheim