Corporate affairs

Conference on business, finance and gender


8 March 2017 OECD Conference Centre, Paris

How should pension systems account for gender differences and deliver equitable pensions for women and men? Do differences in financial literacy between men and women impact their long-term well-being? What can be done to provide women with access to the formal economy and safe working conditions? How can women be empowered to fight against corruption. How can men engage more within companies to bring about change?


These are some of the questions debated at the OECD-hosted conference that took place on International Women’s Day within the framework of the OECD Gender Initiative. The conference was attended by senior decision-makers from the public and corporate worlds, experts, academics and stakeholders.



Opening video address: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Canada

Opening keynote address: Gabriela Ramos, Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General, Chief of Staff, and Sherpa to the G20, OECD

Participants considered different policy approaches and shared their experiences and insights on:

    • Gender differences in financial literacy and inclusion
    • Women working in the informal economy and the role of business
    • Gender differences in the changing pensions landscape
    • Empowering women to fight back against corruption
    • Engaging men to support gender equality in the workplace


With the support of Mercer




View the webcast



Programme and speaker biographies



Gabriela Ramos: Opening Speech


Eric Parrado: Gender differences in the Chilean banking system

 Aude de Montesquiou: Business, finance and gender

Chiara Monticone: Gender differences in financial literacy

Hera Hussain: How tech is reducing the impact of corruption on women

Eve Read: Pension gender gap, how can we respond?

Robert Baker: Engaging men, achieving progress or responding to backlash?





Gender-balance in Parliaments, by Kate Brooks and Eleonore Komai, OECD

OECD work on gender equality

G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

OECD work on corruption

OECD work on pensions

OECD Recommendation on Gender Equality in Education and Employment

OECD Recommendation on Gender Equality in Public Life

2016 Conference on improving women's access to leadership


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