Who Cares More About CSR, Men or Women?
By Bahar Gidwani
We assume that the people who sign up for our CSRHUB service do so because they care about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. They need CSR data to benchmark their company against another, do research for an article or study, or to decide when and how to take action regarding a company.
Although we do not require that our users tell us their sex, we can make a pretty good guess of whether a user is female or male, from her or his name. As you can see below, it’s not clear whether more men than women use our site.
I had always assumed that women would care more about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability than men. This fit with the often-demonstrated fact that women so often lead CSR-related organizations. For instance, I recently met the founder of Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, Ann Goodman, and heard about the work it has been doing for the past seventeen years. (CSRHUB’s COO Cynthia Figge is cofounder of WNSF’s chapter in Seattle.)
It is possible that there are more women than men in the “unknown” segment of our registrants. Many people register with usernames that include initials. We do know that like-minded sites such asTriplePundit and GoodGuide have surveyed their users and believe 2/3’s or more are women.
Jim Hoggan of the Canadian PR firm Hoggan & Associates has studied sustainability attitudes extensively in Canada, and found that there is a big percentage of women between ages 30-50 who are most interested and actively involved in social change for sustainability.
A study published in late 2010 on climate change belief used data from 2001-2008 Gallup Polls to focus on environmental issues. In it, “Michigan State University sociologist Aaron M. McCright found that women were more likely than men to accept climate change science, worry about it and believe the seriousness of global warming is underestimated in the news.”
Bahar Gidwani is a Cofounder and CEO of CSRHUB. Formerly, he was the CEO of New York-based Index Stock Imagery, Inc, from 1991 through its sale in 2006. He has built and run large technology-based businesses and has experience building a multi-million visitor Web site. Bahar holds a CFA, was a partner at Kidder, Peabody & Co., and worked at McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to both large companies such as Citibank, GE, and Acxiom and a number of smaller software and Web-based companies. He has an MBA (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and a BS in Astronomy and Physics (magna cum laude) from Amherst College. Bahar races sailboats, plays competitive bridge, and is based in New York City. CSRH13620