April 22, 2015, by ICCSR

Gender network goes from strength to strength

Two interesting projects are now in the pipeline for the Gender and Responsible Business Network, which emerged out of an ICCSR conference a couple of years ago.

First, the network is producing a new book, edited by Kate Grosser, Lauren McCarthy and Maureen Kilgour, which will be brought out by Greenleaf Publishing in early 2016. Titled ‘Gender Equality and Responsible Business: Expanding CSR Horizons’<http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/productdetail.kmod?productid=4057> it features contributions from many of the network’s members, and will cover topics as diverse as sex work, unpaid labour, fertility treatment and NGO strategies for change.

Second, the network will be holding a workshop at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management<http://aom.org/annualmeeting/>, which will take place in Vancouver, Canada. Under the umbrella topic of ‘Gendering governance, governing gender’ the session on 8 August will feature a number of excellent panellists – including David Levy, Marta Calas, Linda Smircich, Faith Wambura Ngunjiri and Charlotte Karam – talking about a range of topics related to gender, business and social change.

The Gender and Responsible Business Network currently exists as an online community on LinkedIn<https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Gender-Responsible-Business-Network-5098788/about>. It was set up by the ICCSR’s Lauren McCarthy and alumnus Kate Grosser, of La Trobe University in Australia, after a successful ICCSR symposium on gender issues in responsible business, held in June 2013.

Now with more than 120 members, it seeks to connect practitioners from business, NGOs and government, as well as academics and students, who are interested in making sure that gender has a prominent place on the sustainability agenda. It also offers a space for sharing new information, reports and research on relevant topics.

Lauren reports that there are further plans to expand the network with more events, and, hopefully, a dedicated website.

If you’re a LinkedIn member, then you can ask to join the network by clicking on the ‘join’ button here<https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=5098788&trk=anet_ug_hm>.

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