SEEK Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility and Credit Costs


The relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR), capital markets, and the financing costs of companies is an increasingly discussed topic in finance. The SEEK project “Corporate Social Responsibility and Credit Costs” analyses whether the CSR engagement of companies (measured by CSR ratings) and the industry sector (“sin stocks”) is connected to the costs of bank loans. The project uses an international company panel to address these issues.

This international workshop has two aims:

  • Presentation and discussion of the results of the project and other papers related to the topic
  • Launching an international network on CSR and Finance

The workshop is organised within the framework of the research programme "Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" (SEEK) by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW).


Programme (as PDF, 57 KB)

Organising Committee

  • Andreas Hoepner, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Ioannis Oikonomou (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
  • Bert Scholtens (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Michael Schröder (ZEW)


Institute address


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  • Room Straßburg