Sex composition of corporate boards and corporate philanthropy

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Slaughter, P, Harrigan, N and Bond, M (2014). Sex composition of corporate boards and corporate philanthropy. Voluntary Sector Review. 5 (3), pp. 361-380.
AuthorsSlaughter, P, Harrigan, N and Bond, M

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Voluntary Sector Review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Bond, M and Harrigan, N and Slaughter, P (2014) Sex composition of corporate boards and corporate philanthropy. Voluntary Sector Review, 5 (3). pp. 361-380. DOI is available online at:

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.

Keywords1503 Business And Management; 1605 Policy And Administration
JournalVoluntary Sector Review
Journal citation5 (3), pp. 361-380
PublisherPolicy Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1332/204080514X14150982123190
Publication dates
Print01 Nov 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited08 Dec 2017
Accepted01 Nov 2014
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