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Advancing Women in the Global Marketplace
A Partnership Between the UN Global Compact and UNIFEM


Lead Discussants

Women Principles

Tools and Resources

Looking Ahead

Tools and Resources

Advancing Women in the Global Marketplace

Guiding Principles for Business to Advance Women (PDF) English | Arabic | Chinese | French | Russian | Spanish

Guiding Principles for Corporate Sector: Questions for Reflection (PDF) English | Arabic | Chinese | French | Russian | Spanish

Gender Equality Case Summaries (PDF)
What follows is a sampling of good practices gathered from online searches or submitted by UN Global Compact participants in response to our call to share actions and initiatives that their companies are undertaking to empower and advance women. Nor have they been through any vetting process. They are content for a proposed publication intended to raise awareness of the many ways in which business can promote gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Snapshot of Women Worldwide - Facts and Figures
Advancing and empowering women requires the participation of many partners – governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector. Until recently, guiding principles for business to advance women in the global marketplace have been unarticulated, yet the business community has a vital role to play -- especially as there is consensus that empowering women to fully participate in economic life across all sectors and throughout all levels of economic activity is essential to build strong economies, more stable societies, and achieve internationally agreed goals for development and human rights. However, the statistics on women’s health, participation in society, and economic well-being show that there is a long road to travel.

Implementation for the Women's Principles

Work-life Balance and Career Development Indicators and Resources (Press Release)
Through the GEP Initiative  San Francisco Department on the Status of Women are developing indicators and resource lists to assist private sector companies in implementing the Principles in their workplaces. The first set of indicators and resource list on Work Life Balance and Career Development are now available. Indicators and resources for other principles are being developed on a quarterly basis so please check back soon.

Other Resources

Reports by Catalyst (DOC) 

Ursula Wynhoven

(Last Updated: 28 May 2009)