Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility today is viewed as a business imperative that provides opportunities for building customer/brand loyalty while also addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges, such as climate change, sustainable development and fair trade. The biggest hurdle for business leaders is how to align corporate social responsibility with the bottom line. Research shows that women, more often than men, generally view their careers in terms of the impact they can have on society. CSR programs can motivate and contribute to job satisfaction, not only for women, but for all employees.

"Power Unused is Power Useless" -- A Case for Gender Lens Investing

In her recent article, "A Case for Gender Lens Investing," NCRW Board Member Emerita Jacki Zehner poses the question, "When women hold so much economic power, why do we not use it more fully to drive positive change for our own sex and thereby for the world in general?"

Not one to leave you hanging, Zehner offers a few "educated guesses" based on her own experience as a philanthropist, finance professional, and investor. First, Zehner, suggests, we have become desensitized to the statistics that clearly demonstrate that gender inequality continues to be pervasive. Second, supporters of gender equality and women's empowerment have not framed these issues in a way that persuades people to change their financial behavior.

To read Zehner's full article, click here


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Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. Previously, she was Professor of Economics and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. She has worked at the Ford Foundation as a program officer in the Asia Regional Program. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the US Human Rights Network and on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She is the author of Why MES with Human Rights: Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights (Marymount Manhattan College, New York, 2005). She edited The Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy (Kumarian Press, 2001) and co-edited Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World’s Religions, with Patricia Jung and Mary Hunt (Rutgers University Press, 2000).


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Private/Civil Society Partnerships and Corporate Social Responsibility: Women as Agents of Change

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Co-Sponsors: UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP) and UN Development Fund For Women (UNIFEM)

Date: Thursday, 6 March 2008
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Place: Church Center - Boss Room, 8th Fl.
777 UN Plaza (44th Street and First Avenue)

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