The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022: #RedefiningPower - Alison Taylor, Executive Director, Ethical Systems, United States
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"We simply need more diverse leadership in organizations today, not because of crises but in general. There is a lot of noise about the business case for diversity in leadership. I would simply ask, what is the business and ethical case for the status quo, where one social identity group dominates leadership in all realms?" - Alison Taylor, Executive Director, Ethical Systems
Alison Taylor is the executive director at Ethical Systems and an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Stern School of business. She is currently writing a book on the new landscape for business ethics, for Harvard Business Review Press. Her previous work experience includes being a Managing Director at non-profit business network Business for Social Responsibility and a Senior Managing Director at Control Risks.
She holds advisory roles at Business for Social Responsibility and VentureESG, and is a Board Diretor at ESG think tank Preventable Surprises. She has expertise in strategy, sustainability, political and social risk, culture and behavior, human rights, ethics and compliance, stakeholder engagement, anti corruption and professional responsibility.
Alison received her Bachelor of Arts in Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford University, her MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and MA in Organizations Psychology from Columbia University.
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?
We simply need more diverse leadership in organizations today, not because of crises but in general. There is a lot of noise about the business case for diversity in leadership. I would simply ask, what is the business and ethical case for the status quo, where one social identity group dominates leadership in all realms?
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?
More diverse leadership is helpful to any company wanting to transition to sustainability, because our current range of skill sets in the C Suite is far too narrowly focused on finance. Gender is less important than bringing in new skills and taking a more holistic and inclusive approach to management, but more gender diversity can help with these goals
Q: What can be done to improve women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions? How do we achieve this?
I believe it is more important to stop prioritizing narcissism and self aggrandizement as desirable leadership skills than to conduct special efforts to promote women. If we stop mistaking confidence for competence then many of our current leadership problems will resolve.
Q: What does this award mean to you and what significance does it hold to you personally and/or professionally, and your company?
I'm happy for the recognition, I appreciate that my perspective is recognized and resonates externally.
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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