The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022: #RedefiningPower - Ingrid Waldron, Professor & HOPE Chair In Peace And Health, McMaster University, Canada
"As a Black woman who recognizes that Black, Indigenous and other BIPOC women are often disproportionately impacted by COVID, Climate, and Conflict, I strongly believe that women’s leadership must involve mentoring future generations of BIPOC women to take up leadership positions to address these challenges." - Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Professor & HOPE Chair In Peace And Health, McMaster University
Dr. Ingrid Waldron is Professor and HOPE Chair in Peace and Health in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program at McMaster University.
Her work focus on the structural and ecological determinants of health in Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities in Canada. She is currently involved in projects on environmental racism, climate change, COVID-19, dementia, and mental illness in these communities. She is the author of There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities*, which was turned into a 2020 Netflix documentary of the same name and was co-produced by Waldron, actor Elliot Page, Ian Daniel, and Julia Sanderson premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. Dr. Waldron is the founder and Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health (ENRICH) Project and the co-founder and Co-Director of the Canadian Coalition for Environmental and Climate Justice.
Q: What is the importance of women's leadership in today's society plagued by the triple crises of COVID, Climate, and Conflict, and their deadly consequences?
As a Black woman who recognizes that Black, Indigenous and other BIPOC women are often disproportionately impacted by COVID, Climate, and Conflict, I strongly believe that women’s leadership must involve mentoring future generations of BIPOC women to take up leadership positions to address these challenges.
Q: What role do you believe women in leadership positions have to play in helping companies and brands transition towards sustainability and circularity, and why is this important?
Given that sustainability and circularity are experienced in unique and specific ways by diverse communities, women (an equity-seeking group) in leadership positions can help companies and brands transition towards sustainability and circularity in ways that center diversity related to gender, race, sexual orientation, income, and disability.
Q: What can be done to improve women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions? How do we achieve this?
Developing mentorship and training programs for diverse women within companies and in the community is one way to improve women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions. Women are more likely to see themselves as leaders when they can model themselves after women who are successful leaders.
Q: What does this award mean to you and what significance does it hold to you personally and/or professionally, and your company?
This award is meaningful to me because it lets me know that I have been on the right track professionally in my efforts to address environmental and climate injustices in communities that are most impacted by these issues. The award is also meaningful on a personal level since addressing these issues has been my life’s work.
*In “There’s Something In The Water”, Ingrid R. G. Waldron examines the legacy of environmental racism and its health impacts in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada, using Nova Scotia as a case study, and the grassroots resistance activities by Indigenous and Black communities against the pollution and poisoning of their communities. Using settler colonialism as the overarching theory, Waldron unpacks how environmental racism operates as a mechanism of erasure enabled by the intersecting dynamics of white supremacy, power, state-sanctioned racial violence, neoliberalism and racial capitalism in white settler societies. Learn more.
The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022
The SustainabilityX® Magazine proudly announced the release of The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s inaugural Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ 2022 on Oct 4th, 2022, an inaugural annual list celebrating the powerful work of women in sustainability leadership around the world.
The non-profit digital magazine’s Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ high-level, invite-only program graciously sponsored by the award-winning Canadian construction and engineering firm Belnor Engineering Inc., recognizes achievements of the world’s powerful, groundbreaking female sustainability leaders who’re bridging the gender gap by breaking barriers, shattering traditional stereotypes, and taking the world of sustainability by storm. This campaign is in line with the magazine’s third pillar of sustainability upon which SustainabilityX® is based: social inclusion, which involves marginalized populations and vulnerable communities such as women, persons with disabilities, unemployed youth, LGBTQ+, the elderly, and BIPOC minorities.
“As both a female and one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 In Sustainability Leadership myself, I know how important this is,” says Supriya Verma, founder of The SustainabilityX® Magazine. “The number of women in positions of leadership – from business to politics – are relatively few. With society plagued by the triple crises of COVID, climate, conflict, and their deadly consequences, how can the world advance and achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals without having women in decision-making positions at major organizations, political parties, and academic institutions?”
In The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s quest to ‘redefine power’, this is the first international power-list bringing together women around the world involved in sustainability celebrating the power of their work – not their position. This list brings together a diverse group of accomplished women across business, entertainment, academia, law, politics, and beyond ranging from some of the world's leading companies, to independent unsung heroes with one thing in common: using their power with purpose –the power to create change and influence lives to make the world a better place. After all, that's what sustainability is all about. The meaning, or ‘the power’ of one’s work matters, not one’s position in a corporate hierarchy, particularly during this crucial era.
View the full list: The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022
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