What are some common stakeholders of a company?

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A stakeholder, in terms of business, is anyone who is affected by the actions of a particular business.  Some common stakeholders in a business include:

  • Owners and shareholders.  These people want the firm to make profits because that is how owners and shareholders make money from their investment.
  • Employees.  Employees are of course affected by the actions of the business.  If it closes their plant, for example, they lose their jobs even if the company as a whole is doing well.
  • Interest groups.  For example, environmental interest groups are affected by the actions of oil companies.  They care because the actions of such companies affect the issue they care most about.
  • Government.  The government wants companies to prosper so as to employ people and to pay taxes.
  • Customers.  These stakeholders care mainly about good quality products at low prices.
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