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.

Profit, Thy Name Is…Woman?

Any action that shows a consistent correlation to high profits would probably be of interest to companies struggling to swim against the tide of these perilous economic times. But one corporate policy seems to address both diversity and profitability issues in a single blow: Over the past several years, my colleagues and I at Pepperdine University have tracked the performance of Fortune 500 companies with a strong record of promoting women to the executive suite and compared their performance to that of other firms in the same industries. The correlation between high-level female executives and business success has been consistent and revealing.

URL: 
http://www.miller-mccune.com/business-economics/profit-thy-name-is-woman-3920/

Women's Leadership Fund

The fund will invest in companies demonstrating ‘best practices’ with regard to gender diversity. The aim of the fund is to achieve an above-average return by investing in companies that do a superior job attracting and retaining diversity of talent. The study with Heidrick + Struggles found that gender diversity is the most influential socially responsible investment determinant of higher ROA.

URL: 
http://www.naissancecapital.com/NC/?id=35

Women at PricewaterhouseCoopers, A Global Priority

Women represent half of our global workforce at the recruitment level, and 15 percent of the partnership, a number which continues to increase each year. Although great progress has been made to help women climb the corporate ladder, we know we need to do more.
 

URL: 
http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/women-at-pwc/index.jhtml

Doing Business 2010: A record in business regulation reform

Doing Business has been tracking regulatory reforms aimed at improving the ease of doing business. Despite the challenges presented by the financial crisis, the number of reforms hit a record level this year. Between June 2008 and May 2009, 287 reforms were recorded in 131 economies, 20% more than the year before. Reformers focused on making it easier to start and operate a business, strengthening property rights and improving the efficiency of commercial dispute resolution and bankruptcy procedures.

URL: 
http://doingbusiness.org/features/Highlights2010.aspx

Global Private Sector Leaders Forum, Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

The Global Private Sector Leaders Forum is a group of influencial businesspeople and companies committed to promoting women’s economic empowerment. These leaders understand the importance of women’s contributions to business profitability and to the communities in which they operate. They are creating economic opportunities for women as an integral part of core business, community engagement and corporate diversity and inclusion.
 

URL: 
http://pslforum.worldbankgroup.org/

Examining the Cracks in the Ceiling: A Survey of Corporate Diversity Practices in the Calvert Social Index

Calvert’s recent Diversity Survey, Examining Cracks in the Ceiling, demonstrates that even the best companies have much to accomplish in developing a comprehensive diversity strategy.
 

URL: 
http://www.calvert.com/nrc/literature/documents/CorporateDiversity2008.pdf

Increasing Your Effectiveness

Non-profit offering services and information to help organizations and individuals increase their effectiveness.
Page has many links to articles and research on critical mass.
 

URL: 
http://vkramerassociates.com/writings.htm

National Women’s Business Council

The Economic Impact of Women-Owned Businesses in the United States, October 2009
The Center for Women’s Business Research, with support from the National Women’s Business Council and Walmart, undertook a study to establish the economic impact of women-owned businesses on the U.S. economy. This study provides a clear picture of the value and impact of this segment to the economy and a roadmap for the future.
 

URL: 
http://www.nwbc.gov/ResearchPublications/documents/EconomicImpactReport.pdf

The Shriver Report: Executive Summary

For the first time in our nation’s history, women are half of all U.S. workers and mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families. This is a dramatic shift from just a generation ago (in 1967 women made up only one-third of all workers).
 

URL: 
http://www.awomansnation.com/execSum.php
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