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Equality Means Business: Putting Principles into Practice

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Women’s Empowerment Principles One Year Later – Day 1

Opening Session

Venue Host Greeting

  • Mr. Mitch Leventhal, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs at the State University of New York  and Senior Advisor on Academic Affairs to the UN Global Compact


  • Mr. Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Office

Opening Remarks

  • His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General


  • Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women

Event Moderator Introduction

  • Hon. Linda Tarr-Whelan, Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow

Leadership Roundtable : Advancing Women, Advancing Business, Advancing Rights – Leading The Way

International leaders discussed their efforts to advance and empower women in their companies/ organizations and spheres of influence and how the Women’s Empowerment Principles are seen as an important complement to support or enhance their equality agendas.

  • Mr. Greg Pellegrino, Global Public Sector Industry Leader, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. and U.S. Federal Government Services Leader, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP
  • Mr. Robson Rocha, Vice President of People Management and Sustainable Development, Banco do Brasil
  • Ms. Mary Boland, Senior Vice President, Finance and Distribution of Global Levi’s®, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Mr. Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Asset Management Company, Inc.
  • Ms. Rosilene R.A. Tanaka, Chief Executive Officer, MicroLife Informática de Franca Ltda. ME 
  • Mr. José Manuel Escobar, Managing Director, Legalitas Quality Assurance S.L. – LQA
  • Mr. Michael Haradom, President,  Fersol Indústria e Comércio S.A.
  • Mr. Ravi Fernando, Director, Ceylon Asset Management Pvt. Ltd and Focal Point, Global Compact Network, Sri Lanka
  • Mr. Dean Cycon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dean’s Beans
  • Ms. Deborah Holmes, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, Ernst & Young LLP

Advancing Women in the Workplace, Marketplace and Community

Reports from the Frontlines I:  First Steps to Implementation
This session explored how the companies whose CEOs have signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles Statement of Support are beginning to turn the Principles into Practice.  The discussion brought the group into the decisions and actions necessary to align with the goals of the Women’s Empowerment Principles. 

  • Mr. Rajiv Williams, Corporate Head of CSR, JSL Stainless Ltd.
  • Ms. Helga Ying, Senior Director, Worldwide Government Affairs and Public Policy, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Mr. Greg Pellegrino, Global Public Sector Industry Leader, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. and U.S. Federal Government Services Leader, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP
  • Mr. Januário Rodrigues Neto, Special Adviser to the CEO, Caixa Econômica Federal

Advancing Women in the Workplace, Marketplace and Community

Reports from the Frontlines II:  Changing Workplace Policies and Practices to Enhance Gender Equality
This discussion focused on the actual policies and practices that companies that are signatory to the WEPs are beginning to put in place with regards to human resources and recruitment, management and board leadership to end gender discrimination.

Engaging Stakeholders, Building Coalitions

In less than a year, a variety of global and national stakeholders have put the Women’s Empowerment Principles into a practice of coalition building involving business—both private and public sector— government, civil society, UN Women’s regional and liaison offices and the UN Global Compact’s Local Networks. The effort in Brazil has really taken off – representatives from Brazil presented their work and participants discussed the implications for advancing the WEPs in other countries.

  • Mr. Masakazu Sago, President & CEO, Sumitomo Chemical America, Inc.
  • Ms. Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, Ed.D., Representative, Brazil  and Regional Programme Director, Brazil and Southern Cone, UN Women
  • Ms. Margaret Mussoi L. Groff, Executive Financial Director, Itaipu Binacional
  • Ms. Renata Baruzzi, General Manager of Engineering, Petrobras
  • Ms. Tereza Cristina de Rozendo Pinto, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Eletrobras
  • Ms. Elizabeth Benham, President, BPW International and President, Sel Group International, Inc.

Gender Lens at Work: Including Women on Boards and in Senior Management, Consensus to Accelerate Change

Why the glacial pace of change at the top in virtually every organization? This session looked around the world at the various efforts to remove discriminatory barriers and shatter these glass ceilings and highlighted the latest research.

  • Ms. Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, PaxWorld Management LLC
  • Ms. Irene Natividad, Chair, Corporate Women Directors International 
  • Ms. Stacey A. Jones, Senior Director, Corporate Marketing, Accenture
  • Dr. Judy McGregor, EEO Commissioner, New Zealand Human Rights Commission
  • Mrs. Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Reception with Government Representatives

  • Co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

Welcome and Remarks

  • His Excellency Mr. Jarmo Viinanen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations
  • His Excellency Mr. Tsuneo Nishida, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
  • Ms. Geena Davis, Academy Award Winner and Founder, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media

Workshops for Increased Effectiveness – Day 2

Orientation, Goals and Introductions

  • Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) Team Members
  • Moderator Introduction, Hon. Linda Tarr-Whelan, Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow

Behind the Policies – Analyzing Strengths, Identifying Growth Areas, Ordering Priorities

Companies shared the ‘back stories’ and hard decisions that shape the actionable response to the signing of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and company commitments to gender equality.

Communicating Impact:  Reporting Pioneers Pave the Way

Measuring and tracking are essential to any enterprise.  This workshop brought together global experts on monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

From the Workplace, to the Marketplace, to the Community: Identifying Allies, Shaping Complementary Agendas

Women’s Empowerment Principles’ stakeholders from the UN, government, civil society and business are coming together in new ways to realize the Principles’ empowerment agenda.  What does each community see as essential to its mandate – what will the collaboration achieve and how will women benefit?  

  • Ms. Maya Raghu, Attorney, Family Violence Prevention Fund
  • Ms. Freda Miriklis, Vice President, BPW International
  • Ms. Kathryn Dovey, Gender Issues Research Fellow, Institute for Human Rights and Business and Director, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
  • Ms. Natalie Africa, Programme Manager, Business Call to Action, UNDP
  • Mr. Jonas Haertle, Head, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Secretariat, UN Global Compact
  • Ms. Maureen Kilgour, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, St. Boniface University College
  • Ms. Bineta Diop, Executive Director and Founder, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)

Women’s Empowerment Principles Year 2:  Targets and Tools

Looking ahead to Year 2, this workshop highlighted ideas for sustaining, strengthening and expanding implementation efforts. What expectations do companies have for the WEPs Team, UN Women and UNGC at the local and secretariat level? What resources are available for this initiative to meet collaborative expectations? 

Investors and Gender Equality as Management Indicator: Looking Closer, Speaking Louder

Investors pay increasing attention to the research correlating gender equality with improved management and results, bringing their strong business case to the board rooms and executive leadership. This workshop presented a summary of the current research on the relationship of gender equality and company management and how investors are using this information.

  • Mr. Dan Konigsburg, Managing Director, Global Center for Corporate Governance, Deloitte LLP
  • Ms. Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, PaxWorld Management LLC
  • Ms. Aditi Mohapatra, Sustainability Analyst, Calvert Asset Management Company, Inc.