In solidarity

The International Center for Research on Women stands with our staff, our community, with people everywhere seeking to transform the underlying systemic inequities that perpetuate the dehumanizing violence that manifested last week in the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Injustice – whether targeting people on the basis of their race, gender, class, religion, age, orientation, ability, origin – will persist as long as we do not act to disrupt it. As a people, we must disassemble the structures that fuel and sustain inequity and together build a solid foundation for social justice, equity and a new direction.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tamir Rice. Ahmaud Arbery. Trayvon Martin. We have witnessed crimes against Black people and communities of color over and over. These are crimes against humanity – stark and painful indicators of the injustice and racism that have existed in this country for centuries.

For those of us in the majority, we must recognize that we have to examine our own privilege and work to dismantle the long-standing social inequities that have maintained our position of power in this society. We must all stand up when we see others pushed down and rise up together with purpose.

We at ICRW stand in solidarity with the Black community. We will use our research and advocacy platform to interrogate injustice, drive evidence-informed solutions and collaborate with our partners near and far to create a better world.


Paul Polman Receives 2017 Champions for Change Award for Leadership

Article Date: 2016-05-26

On September 18th, 2017, ICRW conferred the 2017 Champion for Change Leadership Award on Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever.

Under his leadership, Unilever set out an ambitious vision to decouple growth from its environmental footprint while increasing its positive social impact. Polman serves as Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a member on the Board of the U.N. Global Compact and a member of the B-team and the European Resource Efficiency Platform.

Polman has been closely involved in global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and action to tackle climate change. In 2016, Polman was asked by the U.N. Secretary-General to be a member of the SDG Advocacy Group, tasked with promoting action on the 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, Polman served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendation on the SDGs on behalf of the private sector.

He is also a member of the newly formed Business and Sustainable Development Commission, whose aim is to quantify the enormous rewards for companies that make the SDGs an integral part of the way they operate. In 2016, he received France’s Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, in recognition of his efforts in galvanizing sustainable business and for his involvement in the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.


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