Gerry Boyle

Gerry Boyle

Role: Senior Policy Advisor – Women’s Economic Empowerment

Team: Programmes and Policy team


I lead CARE International UK’s policy analysis and advocacy around value chains and dignified work. I originally joined CARE as the Senior Policy Adviser on Private Sector Engagement. With the advent of our new Global Programme Strategy which put a particular emphasis on women’s economic empowerment, my focus changed a little, although I still work extensively with issues in the private sector and with CARE’s corporate partners.

Until recently I spent a lot of my time on financial inclusion, now looked after by my colleague Fiona Jarden. I also co-chair the Bond Private Sector Working Group.  Immediately before I joined CARE I worked for Oxfam as Head of Business Relations for about three years, but the vast majority of my career was spent as a management consultant including being a consulting Partner at Deloitte, where for a time I led Deloitte UK’s Consumer Business consulting practice, serving many major multinationals. My original degree was in Law from Oxford University, and in 2008 when I left Deloitte I did an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy at LSE.

One good thing I've read

Amartya Sen’s Development as Freedom. It provides a framework for many people’s modern understanding of what is development, based on a profoundly human-centred approach rather than anything instrumental. And to check whether one personally is doing enough to fight poverty, I recommend Peter Singer’s The life you can save: Acting now to end world poverty – it’s very clear and easy to read but very challenging! Finally, Ha-Joon Chang’s Bad Samaritans: Rich nations, poor policies, and the threat to the developing world is a very readable guide to economic development which argues strongly against many of the prevailing orthodoxies.


Twitter: @gerryboyle10

Blog posts

Blueprint for Better Business: how to add value by adding values

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 14:08
We need to provide a more prescriptive view on the purposes that companies are allowed to pursue – otherwise the Blueprint for Better Business will be one more

UK BIS Department review of corporate responsibility fizzles out in non-report

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 10:18
Last year the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced that it was launching a consultation on corporate responsibility, with the promise that "We intend to publish a framework for action on corporate responsibility by the

Why CARE and Accenture are creating a financial inclusion maturity model

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:20
CARE International and Accenture are jointly creating a Financial Inclusion Maturity Model – which will provide a unique viewpoint on financial inclusion in the developing world. It will support financial institutions in expanding the scope of

Three reasons for attending our fringe event at the Conservative Party conference

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 16:45
CARE International and the Fairtrade Foundation are hosting an event at this year’s Conservative Party conference in Birmingham to bring together business, civil society and politicians – Inclusive chocolate? How can private sector partnerships

Three reasons for attending our fringe event at the Labour Party conference

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:04
CARE International and the Fairtrade Foundation are hosting an event at this year’s Labour Party conference to bring together business, civil society and politicians – Inclusive chocolate? How can private sector partnerships ensure women farmers

Remedy for corporate abuses still years away

Thursday, 12 December 2013 16:52
I've been attending the second annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. The Forum this year had more than 1,700 people from business, civil society, unions, academia and the UN system meeting to discuss progress on the UN Guiding

Three key lessons the UK BIS Department should take from the EU CSR Impact study's findings

Monday, 25 November 2013 16:30
In December, the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS Department) will be publishing its response to its consultation on corporate responsibility. Before it does, the Department should take careful note of the important evidence

Why anyone who supports women's rights should support living wages…but will have to demand that they reach all the way through the supply chain

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:05
CARE International's request to business in this year's Living Wage Week is simple. Implement living wages, and do it having ensured that you understand the key role of women in your supply chain, so that the women working at the end of the supply

What the UK BIS Department can do to promote corporate responsibility

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:33
The UK Government has a lot to do to ensure companies pursue their core business responsibly. The current BIS Department consultation on Corporate Responsibility is an opportunity to come up with much clearer and more effective measures to get

UK Action Plan on business and human rights needs some legal teeth

Thursday, 05 September 2013 13:58
The UK government has just published its ‘Action Plan on Business and Human Rights’.  This is the keenly awaited guidance for UK business on how they should respond to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. However, this is
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