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Breaking the e-waste stigma: how corporate gender diversity drives sustainable change in the UK

Ayman Issa (School of Business, Skyline University College, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Mohammad In’airat (School of Business, Skyline University College, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

Journal of Global Responsibility

ISSN: 2041-2568

Article publication date: 18 January 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the relationship between female leaders at board and executive levels and e-waste reduction in firms listed on the FTSE All-Share Index.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses a sample of nonfinancial firms listed in the FTSE All-Share Index between 2004 and 2021, comprising 2,523 firm observations. The primary technique used is ordinary least squares, with subsample analysis and the two-stage least squares method used to address endogeneity concerns.

Findings

This study suggests that the presence of female directors and executives can bring a more comprehensive and diverse approach to e-waste management, which can contribute to improved e-waste reduction initiatives. However, the study also highlights that the impact of female leadership on e-waste reduction may vary based on factors such as the size of the firm and the industry’s carbon footprint.

Practical implications

The practical implications of this research have noteworthy implications for companies and policymakers alike. By placing importance on gender diversity, companies can reap the benefits of diverse perspectives and approaches when addressing environmental challenges. Policymakers, on the other hand, can contribute to positive environmental outcomes by advocating for gender diversity in corporate leadership.

Originality/value

The novelty of this research stems from its discovery that having female directors and executives in a firm leads to a broader and more varied approach to managing e-waste, ultimately enhancing efforts to reduce it. This underscores the significance of gender diversity in advancing sustainable practices within organizations. The study highlights the distinct viewpoints and experiences that women offer when tackling environmental issues in the corporate sphere.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to express their sincere gratitude to Skyline University College for supporting this research project. Their assistance was instrumental in making this study possible.

Conflict of interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Citation

Issa, A. and In’airat, M. (2024), "Breaking the e-waste stigma: how corporate gender diversity drives sustainable change in the UK", Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGR-06-2023-0102

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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