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Empowering Families

May, 06, '14

Empowering Families

The April 16+17 Conference “Empowering Families :A Pathway to Development”, sponsored by the Qatar Foundation's Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), brought together researchers, policymakers, civil society leaders and practitioners to discuss efforts to empower families and foster individual, social and economic development

So, how do communities -- and entities in communities, especially businesses -- support families. In many cases, not that well! How can a company assess its practices in this area? As Nuria Chinchilla, Professor at IESE Business School, Barcelona, explained, corporate * family * responsibility needs to be considered an essential component of corporate * social * responsibility.

"Our research center within IESE," Dr. Chinchilla said, "offers the International Family Responsible Employer Index (IFREI), a research tool now used in more than 23 countries to track data on formal policies, leadership styles and culture of a company's working environment." These can be, she said, "enriching, favorable, difficult or polluting" for families of companies' employees. Companies' practices either help or hinder employees in achieving work-family balance.

Moving from negative to positive on the IFRE Index involves corporate leaders seeing the family as a support beam, not a stumbling block, for women's -- and men's - advancement in the workplace. Just as important, the change in mindset involves seeing family as a support also for business success.



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For further information about the conference on “Empowering Families :A Pathway to Development”:

  • Iberdrola
  • FABRE Foundation
  • GAES
  • Marie Curie Actions