Women and sustainability: taking a lead in China

Wayne Visser – Guardian – Monday, 29 October 2012 (originally published 26 Oct)

Zhang Yin
Zhang Yin
Zhang Yin, founder and chair of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd, who made her fortune after advice that waste paper was as bountiful as forests. Image: China Daily/Reuters

A few years ago, on one of my visits to China, I was invited to speak to a group in Shanghai called Women in Sustainability Action(Wisa). The organisation was set up by a former academic colleague, Jacylyn Shi, as a global network of professional women working in sustainability.

This got me thinking about the relationship between women and sustainability – and especially how this dynamic is playing out in China.

According to professor Kellie McElhaney, founder of the Centre for Responsible Business at University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, companies that empower women are more likely to be companies that act sustainably . . .

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