CEO, Almas Jiwani Foundation and President Emeritus, UN Women Canada
"According to the FAO, if the world’s women farmers had the same access to resources as men, 150 million people could be lifted out of poverty."
Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
“We have to be very conscious when we are saying we’re doing things for the future or future generations - they’re here today. So you’d better be doing it with them now.”
Managing Director and Head of Responsible Investment at TIAA Global Asset Management
" You’re not going to form solutions unless you can understand this diverse perspective."
CEO, Institute for Sustainable Investing, and Managing Director, Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance Group
“...we’ve got to think about what is our effect as a consumer, as an investor, as a leader.”
Barbara J. Krumsiek
Non-Executive Director, Board of Arabesque, ESG Quant fund manager
"At a minimum, our political leaders need to assure that laws are in place to eliminate gender discrimination in financial matters such as access to credit, capital, and asset ownership, as well as eliminating gender pay discrimination in the workplace."
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mauritius
"...So the first thing that I have to tell young leaders is never, ever stop being the annoying voice in the room, because a lot of young people think that maybe they should turn down what they’re saying and be more politically correct, but that is not true."
Managing Director, Large & Medium Law Firms, Thomson Reuters
"Getting men involved is really important."
Commissioner Shawntera Hardy
Minnesota Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
"Sustainability is a huge issue that will need all hands on deck and women stand ready to disrupt today’s energy environment. We just need to ensure that women are empowered to be a part of the conversation, better yet lead the conversation."
Chief Product & Content Officer, Financial & Risk, Thomson Reuters
"Most importantly, it’s powering an increasingly connected world that I hope will help people develop a mutual understanding, see each other as more united than divided, and, in so doing, overcome the differences that breed conflict and unrest."
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Thomson Reuters
"When we don’t have gender balance in law in particular it’s harder to have the buy in for the entire society, it’s harder to have the rules that are effective in governing relationships."
Dr Janet Kabeberi-Macharia
Head, Gender and Social Safeguards Unit, United Nations Environment Programme, Biographical data
"Cutting the roots of gender discrimination is a prerequisite to achieving the SDGs."
CEO, Business and Financial Times
"A founding member of the Executive Women Network who are committed to empowering and supporting women executives to be successful and influential both at the local and international level".
Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden
President and CEO, The Paradigm Forum GmbH
"Men play a vital role in enhancing gender equality and extending a number of the gender equality efforts in both the public and private sectors. Without men’s engagement and advocacy, progress will continue to be slow and uneven. "
Director, Division of Environmental Law and Convention UNEP
"…wherever you are, you have a role to play, whether it’s a home, whether you are friends. We have many friends we talk to. It’s all of us irrespective because this journey is not just the leaders."
Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
"Our ability to open up new environmental solutions and meet our goals is linked to our work to eliminate gender inequalities around the world."
Executive Director, World Food Programme
"Even in countries where women are economically secure, there are cultural and legal barriers that prevent them from achieving their full potential."
Founder & CEO, Institute for Conscious Global Change (ICGC), Inc.
"Men are wonderful, but women are equally wonderful. And why are we leaving out half of the problem solving equation."
Freda Yahan Duplan
Managing Director, Nestlé Coastal Cluster (Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
“Gender equality at the c-suite level is crucial, not only for business success but for the transformation of society as a whole. To make progress we need everyone on board. To be effective, we need both perspectives. Research suggests that companies led by women or with more women in leadership do comparatively better commercially."
Assistant United Nations Secretary-General and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator
"Unless women’s perspectives and ideas on climate change, environmental degradation and food insecurity are also taken on board, sustainability will remain a distant goal, as women, men, girls and boys experience the planet differently."
Co-founder, Together We Build It, and Advocate, Kofi Annan Foundation’s Extremely Together Initiative
“I think the main thing is understanding what a gender perspective is. A gender perspective is not about women or men; it’s about having the full image of the society.”
Advocate for the Kofi Annan Foundation’s Extremely Together Initiative and Director of Programs & Development, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Somalia
“... I hate when young people say, 'I’m not into politics.' How are you not into politics?! I think it’s cool to be conscious. I think we can all add value to our respective communities and it’s time to act.”
Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
"At IUCN all our projects have a gender component, because gender equality is critical to sustainable development."
Managing Director and Investment Strategist U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
“...fundamentally, we know that we need everyone at the table to address the challenges that sustainability has.”
Chief Scientist and Director, Division of Early Warning Assessment United Nations Environment Programme
"Big data has the potential to transform people’s understanding of their world."
Former Deputy Secretary-General United Nations
"When you talk about the emancipation of women, you actually don't understand what it's all about. It's actually the emancipation of man. Both men and women gain from seeing women's empowerment."
Judge Virginia Mary Kendall
District Judge for the United States District Court Northern District of Illinois
"What we do know is that those who want to make a profit off of people, or animals - they’ll do it. And they’ll find a way, and they’ll do it at the cost of really harming a community. And this trafficking here really harms the community on so many different levels."
Managing Director, Head of Equity Portfolio Management Bank of New York Mellon Capital Management
"We have to recognize that this is not a two-year project; this is long-term sustainability. Whether you talk about women on board, or poverty or climate change, all of these issues are issues that are here to stay."
Kasha Sequoia Slavner
Filmmaker and Founder, Global Sunrise Project
“There are so many things to tackle, but if we’re not finding the one thing that we’re great at and passionate about, then we’re not going to make a proper advancement.”
Senior Vice President, Innovation, Thomson Reuters
"C-suite support for this approach is vital for sustainable growth of global businesses like ours, for business success and for sustainable development more widely."
Managing Director, Head of Environmental Markets Goldman, Sachs & Co.
“How do you actually translate that symbolic agreement into action on the ground, and tangible policies that really shift capital investment into areas that help mitigate climate change...?”
Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
“You cannot reach any of mankind’s goals, unless you really get there on gender.”
CEO, Airtel Ghana
"Ability is not gender specific and as we promote gender equality in the workplace, we enable our people to tap into the richness of gender diversity. Equality promotes diversity of ideas which drives growth and overall business success. As leaders, we must actively promote equality at all levels in the workplace".
Marta Cotton, CAIA
Principal, Director of Client Development, Matarin
"We’re not just mining data, we are thinking as investors first."
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President and CEO, Women's World Banking
“People think of technology as being totally gender blind and it really isn’t.”
Former President of Ireland, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
“It’s not excluding men, it’s just recognising that because of the role differential, women are the key to making it sustainable.”
Vice President of Iran
"...the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals], the Paris Agreement - these are very good road maps and directions for humanity. But do we have the mind map? ..."
Vice President of the McKinsey Social Initiative’s Board of Directors and Executive Director of Generation
"Education can catapult you through social and economic challenge. Focus on that, work hard, and be alert to people/programs who can help you along the way."
CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation
"…women spend 90% of their salary in the family, so if you want to address poverty in the world, you better help women understand their rights and get a job – if you want children to be better fed, better educated etc."
Chief Executive The Global Environment Facility
"...women do have their very important role in sustainable development."
Chief Transformation Officer, Thomson Reuters
"In a global business, the breadth and diversity of perspective is essential to success. If we think about societal progress, diversity is integral. As a company we’ve made good progress although as a leader, I believe we can always do more. For change to happen it has to start with the commitment. "
Executive Director, Climate Generation
"Gender equity is paramount to a sustainable planet: when women succeed, communities are stronger and when communities are stronger, we all benefit."
Nili Gilbert, CFA, CAIA
Co-Founder, Portfolio Manager, Matarin
"None of us will be able to change the world alone, but each of us has something special to contribute to progress."
Chief Executive Officer, Graça Machel Trust
"When we advocate for the empowerment of women, it does not mean that we see men playing a lesser role in society, which would lead to the disempowerment of men."
Director, Kenya Bankers Association
"It’s not just about women; it’s about society overall."
Managing Director, Barclays Bank Ghana Limited
"We need to be aware of the conscious and unconscious biases that many hold regarding the role of women in the workplace. The first step in dealing with this is becoming aware they exist and working to overcome or limiting their impact in our decisions."
CEO, Bird Life International
“If we don’t make this an economic issue, it’s never going to stick, it’s never going to be important for people”.
Global Head, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters
"... at the end of the day, we have to be inclusive about how we address the gender parity issue, and men need to be part of the conversation."
CEO, Feniks Limited
"A founding member and Executive Council member of the Executive Women Network who are committed to a progressive approach of enabling women to achieve their professional goals."
Richard K Ahiagble
Head, Corporate Communications, Airtel Ghana
"We are stronger and better when we promote inclusion and gender equality. Inequality draws everyone back – not just women."
Senior Adviser, Office of the President of Kenya
“To me that is the simple answer. That when you empower a woman, the entire generation benefits.”
Leading women’s rights activist, Republic of Maldives
"If we want an equal society, men in particular need to play a bigger role. Men as leaders in the civil society, in businesses and the government must get fully involved in the efficient implementation of effective strategies to advance women’s rights everywhere."
Selina Neirok Leem
Social Justice Advocate, Marshall Islands
"Everyone sees the world differently, and that’s why it’s important that we don’t just get one voice, but we get everyone’s voice."
Global Head, Science-Policy Interface and Knowledge Networks, United Nations Environment Programme
"...women should be empowered because every single human being should be empowered."
Managing Director, sub-Saharan Africa, Thomson Reuters
"By addressing all the factors holding women back from full participation, we can accelerate the empowerment of economies and societies."
Susan Taylor Martin
President, Thomson Reuters, Legal
"The reality is that if we want to see sustained change in the gender makeup of the leadership of our organizations, we have to focus on making sure women progress through the executive ranks."
Valerie Malter, CFA
Co-Founder, Managing Principal, Matarin
"As an investor, our job isn’t really about avoiding risk, it’s about deeply understanding the risks."
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