Feminist Economics and Feminist Accounting in Dialogue: The Contribution to World Inequalities and Ecological Emergencies

  •  Maria-Gabriella Baldarelli    
  •  Antonietta Cosentino    
  •  Mara Del Baldo    
  •  Angela Magistro    


Researchers from different fields frequently draw attention to prejudice, discrimination, and contested meanings in their work by utilizing feminist theory. In this vein, the purpose of this work is to contribute to the debate on the interaction between feminist economics (FE) and feminist accounting (FA) in order to understand whether there are openings towards possible change. Although there have only been a few uses of feminist theory in accounting, academics are likely aware of it. Our study in this field aims to change these issues not only to bring them to light, drawing from wondering if the theory of the firm underpinning the IR (Integrated Reporting) framework responds to the criticisms labeled by FE and FA and helps lessen global inequality and ecological emergencies. The research question is: “Does the theory of the firm underpinning the IR framework respond to the criticisms labeled by FE and FA in dialogue while contributing to reducing world inequalities and ecological emergencies?” A multi-method investigation was carried out, using both deductive and inductive approaches. The research design encompasses both the literature analysis about the connection between FE and FA and the theory of the firm at the core of IR, and the empirical analysis of the content of the 2020 integrated reports released by 21 companies active in the chemical/pharmaceutical sector, and taken from, the IR website. Findings reveal the “weakness” of IR in becoming an engine for effective change - albeit with some exceptions - and a substantial persistence of the status quo compared to the mainstream.

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