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Gender and Responsible Business - Webcast live 20th June

Gender and Responsible Business - Webcast live 20th June

09:00, 20 June 13

ICCSR Annual Symposium 20th June 2013
Gender and Responsible Business


There will be a live webcast of plenary sessions using Adobe Connect

Please note the video quality from this venue is basic, but the audio quality is usually excellent.  The system will also enable you to interact using messaging functionality or if you would prefer #genderICCSR.

To get the most out of this experience:

Ensure you have the latest version of Flash installed and test your system beforehand by going to the following link:

*Most major operating systems and browsers are supported. There are also apps available for iOS, Android and Blackberry
*Participants are encouraged to log on to “the event URL” before the event starts to allow time to check their audio.
*Once logged on then click on “Meeting” / “Audio Setup Wizard” and follow the instructions to test your audio

To get a quick overview of Adobe Connect please see here:

The timing of the plenary sessions will be as follows

09.20 – 09.30
Professor Jeremy Moon, Director, International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
09.30 – 10.10
Nadia Younes, Group Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion, Rio Tinto (Introduction: Jeremy Moon)
10.10 – 11.10
Practitioner Panel Session
Fleur Bothwick OBE, Director of Diversity & Inclusion Leadership, Ernst & Young; Amanda Jordan OBE, Co-founding Director & Joint Chair of Corporate Citizenship (Chair); Carmen Niethammer, Private Sector Development & Gender Expert, International Finance Corporation; Andrea Shemberg, Legal Consultant on Business & Human Rights; Jane Tate, International Coordinator, Homeworkers Worldwide
15.15 – 16.00
Kate Grosser, Lecturer in Management, La Trobe University (Introduction: Lauren McCarthy)
16.00 – 17.00
Academic Panel Session:
Stephanie Barrientos, Senior Lecturer in Global Development at the Brooks World Poverty Institute; The University of Manchester, Diane Elson, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex; R.Edward Freeman, Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics and the Institute for Business in Society, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia; David Knights, Professor at the School of Business & Economics, Swansea University; Jeremy Moon, Director ICCSR(Chair)


Venue: Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham


Symposium Outline:

The marginalization of numerous voices from mainstream CSR discourse has been noted in particular with regard to voices from the South (Gilbert and Rasche, 2007; Nanz and Steffek, 2004), indigenous people (Banerjee, 2011), and women (Marshall, 2007; Newell, 2005). This symposium addresses such marginalization, focusing in particular on gender issues.

Gender equality is recognized internationally as a human right, and identified as key to economic, social and democratic development in the 21st century by, among others, the World Economic Forum. Core CSR issues cannot be tackled effectively without increased attention to gender, as evidenced by the feminisation of poverty (Habermas, 1998); the importance of gender analysis in addressing environmental degradation (Marshall, 2007); and long-standing recognition of gender equality as a key to development (Millennium Development Goals). Yet despite acknowledgement by companies and CSR standards, the status of gender equality within CSR and other systems of responsible business research and practice appears modest. The purpose of this Symposium is to bring insights together from research and practice which examine and challenge this modest status. 

Exploring gender issues through a responsible business lens requires us to examine not only corporate governance and workplace issues, which have been addressed by some researchers, policy-makers and companies.  It also requires attention to the wider gender impacts of business including in the marketplace, the community, the ecological environment, and through corporate value chains.

Our symposium brings together researchers to address these agendas, in order to explore how we conceptualize and research responsible business with regard to gender issues. The symposium will also provide an opportunity to learn from corporations, NGOs and policy-makers about leading responsible business practice, in order to inform a more coherent research agenda in this field.

Key questions to address include:

•    How can we assess the wider impact of business on gender relations?
•    Can CSR complement government regulation on equalities issues?
•    Where has the dialogue between feminist ethics and business ethics got to, and what are the new emerging issues in this debate?
•    What are the key gender issues in stakeholder relations?
•    How are leading companies integrating consideration of gender issues in their value chains?
•    How might CSR rhetoric on gender equality be instrumentalized by women’s movements?
•    How might engagement with the CSR agenda contribute to feminist organization studies, and feminist research on regulation, governance, and even international relations?
•    What does feminist scholarship tell us about marginalized voices in CSR, and their importance for addressing core CSR issues effectively?
•    How does gender overlap with other inequalities with regard to business impacts in the context of globalization?
•    What might a critical feminist engagement with the field of CSR/responsible business involve? 

Provisional Programme

There will also be combined practitioner and academic keynote presentations and academic and practitioner panels.

Nadia Younes, Group Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion at Rio Tinto
Kate Grosser, La Trobe University

Academic Panel:
R.Edward Freeman, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
David Knights, School of Business & Economics, Swansea University
Diane Elson, Department of Sociology, University of Essex
Stephanie Barrientos, Brooks Worlds Poverty Institute, The University of Manchester

Practitioner Panel:
Amanda Jordan, Corporate Citizenship
Andrea Shemberg, Legal Consultant on Business & Human Rights
Fleur Bothwick, Ernst & Young
Carmen Niethammer, International Finance Corporation
Jane Tate, Homeworkers Worldwide
Symposium Fees:
Full Symposium Registration Fee £90
Unwaged/Full Time Student Registration Fee £45
Cancellation Policy:
Full refund if cancellation more than 4 weeks prior to event
50% refund if cancellation 4 weeks prior to event
No refund if cancellation 2 weeks or less prior to event


For Symposium enquiries contact:
International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility
Nottingham University Business School
t: +44 (0) 115 846 6976




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