This article in the Sydney Morning Herald sparked a lively debate in our office about the development of the corporate social responsibility profession in Australia and elsewhere. We all agreed that there is a preponderance of women in the profession. Our own State of CSR in Australia research (quoted by the SMH), the attendance at our annual conferences and the clients we have contact with are all evidence.
Is it because women’s leadership style suits the sustainability agenda in business? Our view was partly, yes, but we think there are other factors at play here. By virtue of the fact that sustainability and corporate social responsibility are relatively new and still developing areas of business, they do provide opportunities for women to lead and succeed, unlike many other more established business streams where existing male power structures may make those achievements more difficult.