Stakeholder (Ro.: persoană care are un interes în companie, Gr.: ενδιαφερόμενο μέρος, Cz.: depozitář peněz)(See also: stockholder, stakeholder, private company, public company, corporate social responsibility) = a generic notion comprising, in a broad sense, any person who has a direct or indirect interest attached to a company. The main stakeholders in a corporation are its investors, employees, suppliers and customers. Some go further to adding community, government and trade associations to this concept.

Therefore, shareholders and stockholders are considered to be a subset of this notion, as a stakeholder may or may not own shares within a given company, and may therefore be interested in the performance of a company for a wide range of reasons other than stock appreciation.


Useful links

Legislation - Romania, Law on trading companies no. 31/1990, translated into English; Law on trading register no. 26/1990, translated into English – Macedonia, Law on trade companies, translated into English – Jordan, The companies’ Law no. 22/1997, translated into English – Maldive, The companies’ Act no. 10/1996, translated into English (unofficial translation) – South Africa, Companies Act no. 71/2008


Pettet, B.G., 2005, Company law, 2nd ed., Pearson Education Limited

Griffin, S., 2006, Company law: fundamental principles, 4th ed., Pearson Education Limited - What good are shareholders?, Harvard Business Review - The Stakeholder Theory of the Corporation: Concepts, Evidence, and Implications, The Academy of Management Review - Knowing your rights as a shareholder


By Andrada Rusan