Sustainability (Journal)
April 30, 2021
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Sustainability has become a key business imperative and opportunity for contemporary organizations (Lubin & Esty, 2010). Increasingly, smart companies are integrating sustainability aspects into their business strategy and practice to achieve competitive advantage and improve social legitimacy (Kiron, Kruschwitz, Haanaes, & Velken, 2012). However, the sustainability literature indicates that socio-cultural aspects of sustainability are mostly ignored or neglected by the corporate sector (Colantonio, 2007; Bebbington & Dillard, 2008; Missimer, Robèrt, & Broman, 2017). Yet, understanding the nexus between sustainability and gender equity has never been more important (Koehler, 2016) as these issues are intrinsically linked. According to the United Nations (UN) (2012, 2014a, 2014b ) and UNICEF (2019), achieving gender equity and addressing critical issues including discrimination and gender-based disparities, human rights, dignity, well-being, empowerment, livelihood, and capability of diverse groups of women is a key requirement of a just and sustainable world. Furthermore, gender equality and sustainable industrialization themes permeate the focus targets of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) 2030 Development agenda, particularly sustainable development goals 5 and 9 (ILO, 2020), and are stressed in a recent global report from the UNHuman Rights Council’s Working group on discrimination against women and girls (UN Human Rights Council, 2020).

Accordingly, the purpose of this Special Issue is to bridge key gaps in the literature by offering scholars the opportunity to examine emerging trends in corporate policy, strategy, and practice pertaining to sustainability and gender equity issues. The Covid-19 outbreak has further underscored the need for organizations to review their resource acquisition and usage in a manner that emphasizes sustainable development and a related regard for equitable and ethical approaches. With women constituting an increasing share of the paid workforce in many advanced economies, and often the majority of informal economy workers, the nexus between organisations’ drive for business sustainability and women’s contributions to this aim and equitable treatment is emphasised. The integration of business sustainability and gender equity also raises key questions about the character and significance of the workplace parties – including employers, employees, unions and the state – in progressing the integration of sustainability and gender equity in the organizational setting.

The Special Issue accepts both empirical and conceptual papers that offer theoretical and practical contributions to the areas of interest. The Special Issue accepts completed research papers using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods. Contributors are encouraged but not confined to focusing on the following areas:

Key themes/topics:

  • Gender-equitable sustainable development
  • Sustainability, corporate governance, and gender equity
  • Nexus between gender equity, sustainable consumption, and the green economy
  • Social sustainability, health and wellbeing, women’s empowerment and gender equity
  • COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, and gender equity
  • Technology, sustainable development and gender equity
  • Public policy initiatives and regulatory frameworks for promoting gender equity and sustainability
  • Gender equity, environmental sustainability, and climate change
  • Diversity and equal employment issues in public and private sector organizations
  • Poverty eradication, human rights issues and gender equity
  • The role of trade unions and community organizations in promoting gender equity and sustainable industrialization
  • The role of business, government and society in addressing gender inequity and sustainability challenges

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