Creating Corporate Sustainability. Gender as an Agent for Change

Edited by Professor Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo and Professor Irene Lynch Fannon, University College Cork.

Published by Cambridge University Press, 2018

This compelling volume considers three significant modern developments: the ever-changing role of women in society; a significant and growing dissatisfaction with current dominant understandings of corporate governance, corporate law and corporate theory; and the increasing concern to establish sustainable business models globally.

A range of female scholars from across the globe and from different disciplines interconnect these ideas in this unique collection of new and thought-provoking essays. Readers are led through a carefully planned enquiry focussing initially on female activism and the corporation, secondly on liberal attempts to include women in business leadership and, finally, on critiquing the modern focus on women as a 'fix' for ethical and unsustainable business practises which currently dominates the corporate world. This collection presents a fresh perspective on what changes are needed to create the sustainable corporation and the potential role of women as influencers or as agents for these changes.

Creating Corporate Sustainability, published by Cambridge University Press, 2018, springs out of the second international Daughters of Themis workshop in 2016. The volume is edited by Professor Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo, and Professor Irene Lynch Fannon, University College Cork. Most contributors are members of Daughters of Themis, while the collection also contains chapters by specially invited contributors. 

Contents of Creating Corporate Sustainability

The volume is Green Open Access. Scholars and students at a number of universities may therefore have institutional electronic access to the entire volume through Cambridge Core. The abstracts of all chapter, as well as full-text of Chapters 1 and 14, are available for all through the links below.

Chapter 1. Corporations, sustainability and women, Irene Lynch Fannon and Beate Sjåfjell. This chapter is currently available as a marketing excerpt from Cambridge.

Part I. Women as Influencers of Corporate Action

Chapter 2. Reclaiming value and betterment for Bangladeshi women workers in global garment chains, Lorraine Talbot
Chapter 3. Access to voice: meaningful participation of women in corporate consultations, Ragnhild Lunner
Chapter 4. Ascertaining corporate sustainability from 'below': the case of the Ghanaian rural mining communities, Adaeze Okoye and Emmanuel Osuteye

Part II. Current Strategies for Corporate Sustainability

Chapter 5. Company reporting of environmental, social and gender matters: limitations, barriers, and changing paradigms, Gill North
Chapter 6. 'A toad we have to swallow': perceptions and participation of women in business and the implications for sustainability, Irene Lynch Fannon
Chapter 7. Gender diversity on corporate boards: an empirical analysis in the EU context, Idoya Ferrero-Ferrero, M. Ángeles Fernández-Izquierdo and M. Jesús Muñoz-Torres
Chapter 8. Social entrepreneurship: (the challenge for) women as economic actors? The role and position of women in the Dutch social enterprises, Aikaterini Argyrou, Rosalien Diepeveen and Tineke Lambooy
Chapter 9. How change happens: the benefit corporation in the United States and considerations for Australia, Victoria Schnure Baumfield

Part III. Feminist Theories and Corporate Sustainability

Chapter 10. Exploring spatial justice and the ethic of care in corporations and group governance, Yue S. Ang
Chapter 11. The uneasy relationship between Corporations and gender equality: a critique of the 'transnational business feminism' project, Roseanne Russell
Chapter 12. The gendered corporation: the role of masculinities in shaping corporate culture, Catherine O'Sullivan
Chapter 13. Power and the gender imperative in corporate law, Carol Liao

Chapter 14. Corporate sustainability: gender as an agent for change? Beate Sjåfjell and Irene Lynch Fannon. 

More information about the volume is available on the website of Cambridge University Press. The royalties from sales of Creating Corporate Sustainability are donated to Daughters of Themis, to contribute to funding its activities.

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