Title

Sex Composition of Corporate Boards and Corporate Philanthropy

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2014

Abstract

This article examines the relationship between the sex composition of boards of directors and corporate philanthropy in a sample of large British corporations. The article hypothesises that having women on boards of directors will be positively related to corporate philanthropy. Bivariate analyses confirm the hypothesis for all women executives, non-executive directors and female chief executives but with the significant exception of other board executives. In multivariate analyses controlling for economic and sociological variables measuring cosmopolitanism, much of the positive effect of female chief executives and non-executives disappears while the negative effect of other female executives is strengthened. The article concludes that there is qualified evidence in support of the hypothesis that a female presence is positively associated with corporate philanthropy, although the sex effect is mediated by the position women occupy in board hierarchies. The article's findings are consistent with the idea that elites' discretionary behaviour varies with their social characteristics.

Keywords

Corporate boards, corporate philanthropy, cosmopolitanism, sex difference

Discipline

Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Work, Economy and Organizations

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Voluntary Sector Review

Volume

5

Issue

3

First Page

361

Last Page

380

ISSN

2040-8064

Identifier

10.1332/204080514X14150982123190

Publisher

Policy Press

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080514X14150982123190

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