Center for Governance and Sustainability

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Experts by Gender and Constituency

The GRI has a number of recommendations on gender. While the recommendations make frequent reference to gender neutrality, women were under-represented in hard economic and security work groups and over-represented in traditionally female-oriented subjects. Two work groups in traditional ‘women’ areas – the Global Agenda Council on the Gender Gap and Global Agenda Council on the Welfare of Children -- involve more that 60% female experts.

Three of the workgroups – Education, Philanthropy, and Social Investing; Poverty; and Development Finance – have an equal gender balance.

Two workgroups -- Sustainable Consumption and Ocean Health -- have a 40/60 women to men gender split.

The other work groups have less than 40% female participation.

Of female experts who advised the GRI process, most were affiliated with the business sector, the university, or civil society organizations.

The distribution of experts by gender and their constituency is in Table 4:

Table 4: Participants in the Expert Groups by Gender and Constituency

Tier Female Male Percentage of Participants
1 University-based;
TNC-based;
NGO-based
University-based;
TNC-based
12 - 28% (F)
21 – 30% (M)
2 Government-based;
International Organization-based;
Network-based;
Think tank-based
Bank-based;
Government-based; International Organization-based;
Media-based;
NGO-based;
6 - 7% (F)
5 – 7% (M)
3 Bank-based ;
Business Ass’n-based;
Foundation-based;
Media-based;
Business Ass’n-based; Foundation-based;
Science-based
2 –  3% (F)
1% (M)
4 Religion-based;
Union-based;
Science-based
Religion-based;
Union-based
0 – 1.5 % (F)
0.5-1% (M)

 

The Readers' Guide welcomes commentary – critical or otherwise – of the data summary above. A complete listing of the taskforce members is in Annex B.

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