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Luis Darío Torres Retamal

MSc BA etc): BSc in Organisational Psychology / MSc in Work, Organisational and Personnel Psychology


Current Status: Writing up
Year of Registration: 2013
Expected Completion Date: /09/2016

Research Topic:
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Development: The Case of Gender Equality in Latin America

Research Details:
In September 2015, 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted the new global agenda to end poverty by 2030. Within this agenda, gender equality is seen as an imperative task. However, achieving gender equality requires a shift in the role that the international community, civil society, countries and organisations have had so far. Many organizations around the world have already assumed a proactive involvement by implementing responsible policies; however, many of them are still staring from a corner. This is of particular concern in developing countries where international efforts have helped governments to put in place policies and legislation, but local enforcement has been limited. It is in this context where corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be a successful governmental and organizational tool to move forward in the development agenda and achieve gender equality. However, the practice of CSR in the developing world, particularly Latin America, has been characterized by the use of more informal than formal policies with focus on community relations and environmental sustainability, while gender issues are not frequently seen as a strong component.
This research aims to understand the extent to which CSR has played a role in promoting gender equality in Latin America. To achieve this aim, three studies has been designed and implemented. The first study explores the relationship between CSR public policy and gender equality. The second study is interested in the organisational policies and initiatives to promote gender equality at work and developed a survey called Strategic-Index. Finally, the last study is focused on the impact of CSR initiatives on the employee acceptance of gender equality initiatives at work and developed the Impact-index survey

Research Supervisor/s: Aditya Jain

Division: Management

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