Pan-European University Apeiron, St. Kliment Ohridski University, and International Women and Business Group welcome you to the 3rd International Balkan Countries Women and Business Conference in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 11-12, 2012.
The theme of the conference is Corporate Social Responsibility and Women. Please send papers on the theme and other titles related to women and business.
Deadline for sending abstract – July 15th, 2012
Deadline for registration – September 21st, 2012
See programme details and registration information here.
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Angel Fraile speaking on Corporate Citizenship and Women's Empowerment
At the Democracy that Delivers for Women conference, the conversation on corporate citizenship was particularly insightful, offering examples of how adhering to good corporate governance standards and implementing corporate social responsibility programs can improve the business environment for women. The session was moderated by Taryn Bird, Manager of the Global Corporate Citizenship Program and Corporate Relations at the Business Civic Leadership Center, and included panelists Eileen Kaufman, Executive Director of Social Accountability International and Angel Fraile Coracho, Sustainable Development Manager at Endesa. Continue reading ‘A Conversation on Corporate Citizenship and Women’s Empowerment at Democracy That Delivers for Women’ »
What can multinational corporations do to encourage women in business, and how can companies benefit from women’s empowerment? Isobel Coleman looks at these questions in Foreign Affairs, “The Global Glass Ceiling: Why Empowering Women is Good for Business.”
“Some companies already promote initiatives focused on women as part of their corporate social responsibility programs…. But the truly transformative shift… will occur when companies understand that empowering women in developing economies affects their bottom lines.”
Companies are incorporating women-owned businesses into supply chains, offering microcredit to distributors (Hindustan Unilever), or teaching literacy and workplace skills (Walmart). Coleman’s five-point plan includes an innovative recommendation for companies to support local organizations that help women, for example by extending their access to property rights. Along these lines, CIPE is coordinating the provision of skills and advice to women’s business associations and similar organizations. Women’s associations in turn provide important services to their members, help new entrepreneurs get started, and provide a credible voice for women entrepreneurs.
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