Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from the Role of the Largest Institutional Blockholders in the Korean Market

Daeheon Choi, Paul Moon Sub Choi, Joung Hwa Choi, Chune Young Chung
2020 Sustainability  
This study investigates the monitoring effectiveness of the largest institutional blockholder in Korea, the Korean National Pension Service (KNPS), on firms' engagement in corporate social responsibility (CSR). We use a large, unique sample from Korea, where the financial market is primarily characterized by chaebols. We show that lagged KNPS blockholdings do not significantly influence investee firms' concurrent CSR indexes. This result indicates that even the largest institutional blockholder
more » ... utional blockholder in Korea does not actively engage in firms' CSR initiatives to enhance their long-term performance and prosperity. Overall, our results suggest that institutional investors should more actively serve as an effective corporate governance mechanism in emerging Asian markets, where companies aim to be profitable and long-term corporate governance is very important.
doi:10.3390/su12041680 fatcat:3jl55fiqorcshkevafg7bh5kie