Rape, society and leadership

by Carol A Adams The day after Trump, a man with multiple allegations of sexual assault against him, was sworn in as President of a democratic nation, a report in the Times included anonymous quotes portraying a shocking picture of society and culture.  Young women thinking so little of themselves they would say to a […]

Corporate Respect for Human Rights: meaning, scope and the shifting order of discourse

by Kenneth J McPhail and Carol A Adams This article critically analyses the human rights discourse of thirty Fortune 500 companies in the mining, pharmaceutical and chemical industries at two key points in the recent evolution of the UN’s business and human rights agenda. Methodology We draw on Fairclough (1992) and Mashaw (2007) in a critical […]

The changing portrayal of the employment of women in British banks’ and retail companies’ corporate annual reports

by Carol A Adams and George Harte This paper examines disclosure with respect to gender and employment in the corporate annual reports of major British banking and retail companies during the period 1935-1993. Setting the disclosures in the social, political and economic context of six distinct periods, the authors suggest that the position of women […]

Reporting and the Politics of Difference: (Non)Disclosure on Ethnic Minorities

By Carol A Adams and Ken J McPhail This article is based on two related research questions. First, what is the level of disclosure on ethnic minorities in the two sectors of the U.K. economy that historically have employed the most ethnic minorities: the banking and retail sectors? And secondly, what influences the (non)disclosure? It […]

Exploring metaphors of capitals and the framing of multiple capitals: challenges and opportunities for IR

by Andrea Coulson, Carol A Adams, Michael Nugent and Kathryn Haynes published in the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential of the metaphor of capital, and to chart the development of the multiple capitals concept in the International <IR> Framework and consider how it might develop […]

Equal opportunity for women in the workplace: A study of corporate disclosure

This study published by the ACCA and authored by Kate Grosser, Carol Adams and Jeremy Moon compares research findings on how a sample of the largest companies in the UK, Australia and the US have publicly reported on equal opportunities for women in the workplace. It examines the different regulatory and voluntary frameworks relating to […]

Towards integrated thinking at Unilever

Paul Polman, Unilever’s CEO, has made a clear connection between long term business success and tackling social and environmental issues: “… the biggest challenge is the continuing threat to ‘planetary boundaries’; resulting in extreme weather patterns and growing resource constraints. These have increasing impact on our business… We remain convinced that businesses that both address […]

Moral accounting? Employee disclosures from a stakeholder accountability perspective

by Sarah Williams and Carol A Adams.  Published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal Abstract The purpose of this paper is to examine how disclosure of employee issues by a large UK bank (the NatWest) may or may not promote transparency and accountability (as assessed by the completeness of the account with respect to material […]

Data is key to tackling sexism in the workplace and beyond

written by Carol Adams Violence against women, rape, bungling of rape cases, sexism at work and in leadership are prominent topics in news headlines. Such crimes and injustices are borne out of cultures that tolerate them. Poor cultures in the workplace reflect and influence attitudes and behaviours more broadly in society. Organisations are obliged to […]

The development of leaders able to respond to climate change and sustainability challenges

This paper seeks to discuss the role of business academics and business schools in the development of leaders able to respond to climate change and sustainability challenges. The paper captures contributions made during a panel discussion at the First Academic Symposium on Leadership for Climate Change and Sustainability held at La Trobe University, Melbourne in […]