Business Doing Good: Engaging Women and Elevating Communities

Business Doing Good: Engaging Women and Elevating Communities

By Shannon Deer and Cheryl Miller

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Business Doing Good outlines six principles businesses can implement to effectively hire women who have experienced incarceration, poverty, addiction, and/or engagement in the sex trade. While making a difference to both women and communities, businesses will benefit from the many unique skills and perspectives these resilient women bring to work.

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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date: 08/15/2021
Pages: 228
ISBN-13: 9781538152379
ISBN-10: 1538152371
Language: English

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Outlines six principles and best practices for hiring and retaining women with challenging backgrounds

Recently, business leaders have shifted their focus from a profit-only mindset to considering the impact of their businesses on all stakeholders. At the same time, the United Nations set aggressive Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) to improve our world by 2030. These SDGs address all major needs facing our world today, such as: eradication of poverty and hunger, access to clean water, gender equality, and decent work and economic growth. These are significant problems facing the world that have in the past largely been left to nonprofit organizations and governments to solve.

Investors and customers have higher expectations for companies to make a positive social and environmental impact. They want to know business can do good. Following suit, today's business leaders are starting to recognize we will never fill the gap between where we are and where we want to be if businesses do not also do their part to contribute sustainable solutions to these enormous social problems. This book provides a guide for businesses to make a significant positive impact while also benefiting their businesses.

Business Doing Good outlines six principles business leaders can implement to effectively hire women who have experienced incarceration, poverty, addiction, and/or engagement in the sex trade. While making a difference to both these women and communities, businesses benefit from the women's resourcefulness, resilience, ability to motivate, and other unique skills and perspectives only available to someone who has overcome difficulties. Investments in women, in general, are exponential as they are more likely to return that investment to future generations. The impact is endless. If we are going to end poverty and create economic development, women who have overcome challenging pasts cannot be excluded.

About the Authors

Shannon Deer, PhD, CPA, is an award-winning professor who prepares undergraduates as well as experienced professionals in business at Texas A&M University.

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Cheryl Miller owns Quantum Circles Consulting and Training. She provides training on topics that increase opportunities for transformation in three areas: economic development for the marginalized, effective communication focusing on the facilitation of conflict, and restorative justice.

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