Does Board Supervisory Quality Enhance Corporate Social Performance?-Evidence from Taiwanese Listed Firms

Yaying Mary Chou Yeh, Wen-Chi Hsieh

Abstract


This study uses Taiwanese public firms as a sample to examine if board supervisory quality enhances CSP. The present study uses four proxies for supervisory quality of board at group level: board meeting attendance rate, number of board meetings, social capital of the board and average training hours of directors. We obtain 348 CSR data from an international CSR rating agent and match them with double size non-CSR firms. We find that CSR firms exhibit significantly higher board attendance rate, board meeting frequency and board social capital than non-CSR firms. For CSR firms, board attendance rate and board meeting frequency positively impact CSR ratings, implying that board diligence is essential to monitoring management to achieve higher social objectives. However, board social capital and training significantly but negatively impact CSP, implying busy board and inexperienced board detriments CSP.

Board success in CSR means directors must be passionate about the issues on CSR. Additionally, firms that are behind social agenda need to recruit resourceful directors to diversify information base for advises about stakeholder issues and trends. Firms that have taken steps in CSR activities should not recruit overly busy directors or inexperienced directors. Our paper provides both theoretical and practical implications.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ajfa.v9i1.10322

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