The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022: #RedefiningPower - Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas, Professor In Marketing & Sustainable Business, British School of Fashion, Glasgow Caledonian University London, United Kingdom
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"Women’s leadership is vital to achieving a just transition to truly sustainable societies and systems. Women leaders already exist in all countries, industries and of all ages but they are too often excluded from conversations and decision-making." - Professor Natashcha Radclyffe-Thomas, Professor in Marketing & Sustainable Business, British School Of Fashion, GCU London
Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas EdD FRSA is an internationally recognised educator and thought leader and advocate for transformative responsible global education. With a background in luxury fashion Natascha introduced the innovative postgraduate module Sustainable Luxury at the British School of Fashion, GCU London where she is Professor in Marketing and Sustainable Business.
Natascha promotes sustainability in higher education in her role as Vice Chair PRME UK & Ireland and is a member of UN PRME’s Expert Pedagogy Group. Natascha is the recipient of a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship and became a Fellow of the RSA in recognition of her work promoting sustainability in fashion education. Natascha won the 2020 Case Centre Award for Ethics and Social Responsibility, was Runner-Up in the 2022 Financial Times Responsible Business Educator Awards. Natascha is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles and the Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases and promotes sustainability literacy through these innovative resources. Natascha is an Advisory Board Member for The Council For International African Fashion Education (CIAFE) and Vice Chair of the UK Costume Society.
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?
Women’s leadership is vital to achieving a just transition to truly sustainable societies and systems. Women leaders already exist in all countries, industries and of all ages but they are too often excluded from conversations and decision-making.
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?
Gender equality is an acknowledged accelerator to achieve sustainable development. Women in leadership positions can help companies and brands transition towards sustainability and circularity by sharing their wisdoms. This transition is not just desirable but essential to prevent any further deterioration of the environment and the resulting social impacts which are disproportionately borne by the Global South.
Q: What can be done to improve women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions? How do we achieve this?
Women cannot participate in organizations and within systems from which they are excluded or within which they feel threatened. So the first thing is access and safety. Support can be fostered through formal and informal education, mentoring and tangible rewards showing that women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions is valued.
Q: What does this award mean to you and what significance does it hold to you personally and/or professionally, and your company?
Thank you SustainabilityX®, I am deeply honoured and humbled to be recognized in the Global 50 Women in Sustainability Awards™. As a researcher and educator in sustainable fashion I work with business, academics and activists on the important interconnected challenges of achieving a more sustainable fashion system. I consider it my responsibility and pleasure to facilitate the academic, professional and personal development of our students, the future leaders who are passionate about achieving sustainability and this award acknowledges the positive impact of this.
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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