IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Corporate social responsibility in the international insurance industry


  • Bert Scholtens


This paper investigates the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of insurance companies. Rating institutions provide costly information about firms' CSR and it is not clear how they arrive at their assessment. We use a transparent framework to assess the CSR of insurance companies. We apply this framework to different types of insurers (financial conglomerates, life insurance companies, mixed insurers, general insurers) for more than 150 institutions from 20 countries. We find significant differences between different types of insurers and between countries. The results also suggest that social and ethical aspects of CSR are better integrated in the business activities of insurers than environmental aspects are. Financial conglomerates perform better than other types of insurers. Copyright (C) 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

Suggested Citation

  • Bert Scholtens, 2011. "Corporate social responsibility in the international insurance industry," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(2), pages 143-156, March/Apr.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:19:y:2011:i:2:p:143-156

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Bogumil Czerwinski, 2013. "Koncepcja spolecznej odpowiedzialnosci biznesu w uslugach ubezpieczeniowych. (The conception of the Corporate Social Responsibility in the insurance services.)," Problemy Zarzadzania, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, vol. 11(42), pages 80-90.
    2. Nicos A. Scordis & Yoshihiko Suzawa & Astrid Zwick & Lucia Ruckner, 2014. "Principles for Sustainable Insurance: Risk Management and Value," Risk Management and Insurance Review, American Risk and Insurance Association, vol. 17(2), pages 265-276, September.


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:19:y:2011:i:2:p:143-156. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Wiley-Blackwell Digital Licensing) or (Christopher F. Baum). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.