An inaugural annual list celebrating the powerful work of women in sustainability leadership around the world. Sponsored by Belnor Engineering Inc.
The SustainabilityX® Magazine is proud to announce the release of The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s inaugural Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ 2022.
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?”
According to the World Bank, social inclusion is the right thing to do, and it also makes good economic sense. Left unaddressed, the exclusion of disadvantaged groups can be costly on many fronts. Social inclusion also means embracing diversity – and that includes gender. According to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2021, another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 years to 135.6 years.
Climate and gender are tightly linked since women are more likely to experience inequalities at the hands of a dangerously warming planet, making an already-vulnerable group more vulnerable. Supporting female sustainability leaders and influencers across various industries is key to accelerating the development of solutions to most pressing global challenges of our time, including the achievement of the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Since inaugural awardees are based all over the world in different time zones and given the multiple ongoing international health emergencies, the list will be released digitally with no physical awards ceremony this time around. The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s inaugural Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards officially announced digitally today on Oct 4th, 2022 brings together female sustainability leaders to celebrate, inspire, and drive change.
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.
“The world is at a tipping point,” says Verma. “Growing geopolitical tensions and the concurrent pandemic have exposed the vulnerabilities of our world's socioeconomic systems favouring capitalism over environmental sustainability and social inclusion. We need responsible leadership and accountability now to power the sustainability transition away from a linear economy that prioritizes capitalism and exclusion towards a regenerative, inclusive circular economy that prioritizes environmental and social justice, enabling the environment, economy, and society to thrive – which is exactly what are mission at The SustainabilityX® Magazine has always been about since it’s founding 6 years ago.”
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