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The Private Sector and Gender Equality: Beyond Traditional Corporate Social Responsibility

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

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Nicholas Kristof
The New York Times

Tom Langan
External Affairs Director, North America

Mayra Buvinic
Senior Fellow and Co-Director of Gender and Development Program
Center for Global Development

Moderated by:

Amanda Glassman
Vice President for Programs, Director of Global Health Policy, and Senior Fellow
Center for Global Development

The private sector accounts for the considerable majority of well-paying jobs worldwide. Without the engagement of private companies, global goals for gender equality in the workplace and women’s economic empowerment will never be accomplished. How can companies move beyond traditional corporate social responsibility to combine profits with gender progress?

The Center for Global Development is currently focused on beyond-aid approaches to promoting gender equality, and in particular, how the private sector can play a more prominent, active role in improving the lives of women and girls. Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of CGD’s Gender and Development Program, is leading research on mobile savings and the role of the private sector in promoting women’s financial inclusion.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof, a long-time advocate of women’s and girls’ rights across the world, has dealt with similar issues in his writing, examining the ways in which corporations can go beyond traditional forms of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to advance development outcomes. And through its Sustainable Living approach, Unilever has served as a leader in integrating gender equality-related concerns into its day-to-day operations.

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Executive Vice President of CGD, CEO of CGD Europe, and Senior Fellow
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Senior Fellow Emeritus

Wednesday, February 24
10:30 am – 12:00 p.m.

Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. and a light breakfast will be available. Please arrive early to secure your seat.