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.
Beate Sjafjell is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, at the Universitetet i Oslo. Irene Lynch Fannon is a Professor in the School of Law at University College Cork.
1. Corporations, sustainability and women Irene Lynch Fannon and Beate Sjafjell; Part I. Women as Influencers of Corporate Action: 2. Reclaiming value and betterment for Bangladeshi women workers in global garment chains Lorraine Talbot; 3. Access to voice: meaningful participation of women in corporate consultations Ragnhild Lunner; 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: 5. Company reporting of environmental, social and gender matters: limitations, barriers, and changing paradigms Gill North; 6. 'A toad we have to swallow': perceptions and participation of women in business and the implications for sustainability Irene Lynch Fannon; 7. Gender diversity on corporate boards: an empirical analysis in the EU context Idoya Ferrero-Ferrero, M. Angeles Fernandez-Izquierdo and M. Jesus Munoz-Torres; 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; 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: 10. Exploring spatial justice and the ethic of care in corporations and group governance Yue S. Ang; 11. The uneasy relationship between Corporations and gender equality: a critique of the 'transnational business feminism' project Roseanne Russell; 12. The gendered corporation: the role of masculinities in shaping corporate culture Catherine O'Sullivan; 13. Power and the gender imperative in corporate law Carol Liao; 14. Corporate sustainability: gender as an agent for change? Beate Sjafjell and Irene Lynch Fannon.