ESG Issues and Career Prospects of Directors: Evidence from the International Director Labor Market

Niclas Meyer, Gonul Colak, Timo Korkeamäki, Kent Hickman

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Using an international sample of firms, we investigate the career prospects of directors of firms experiencing negative ESG issues. By tracking the same director at the same firm over time, we document a significant drop in seats held at other public firms’ boards following intense negative media coverage of an ESG problem occurring at a given director's focal firm. Losses of seats at other firms are concentrated among executive directors, among directors of firms located in countries with high environmental and social norms, and among directors of firms located in countries with bank-based systems. Nonexecutive directors and directors of firms located in less stakeholder-oriented countries are not penalized for ESG issues by the director labor market.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalFinancial Markets, Institutions & Instruments
Issue number2-3
Pages (from-to)1-57
Number of pages57
Publication statusPublished - 24.06.2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

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