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Women's Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business

WEPS_Brochure The Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and seek to point the way to best practice by elaborating the gender dimension of good corporate citizenship, the UN Global Compact, and the role of business in sustainable development. (UNGC/UN Women, 2010)
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Women's Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business (Background Material)


The Executive Summary provides an brief overview of the Women's Empowerment Principles. Download: عربية  | 中文English | Français | 日本語 | Português | Русский | Español

The Presentation provides a summary of the background of the Women's Empowerment Principles in the form of a PowerPoint document. Download: لعربية  | 中文English | Français | Português | Русский | Español


Companies Leading the Way: Putting the Principles into Practice

  Provides 80 good practices that companies are undertaking to empower and advance women. The actions and policies adopted by these companies demonstrate the abundance of ways that business can contribute to the advancement of women’s empowerment around the world. The practices are accompanied by an index that matches each one to the specific Women’s Empowerment Principle(s) that it addresses and/or supports. The examples hail from companies representing a broad range of sectors and regions, demonstrating the universal relevance and practicality of women’s empowerment and gender equality.
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Advancing Women, Advancing Business and Supporting International Development Goals: Guiding Principles for the Corporate Sector


This background document launched a consultative process that ultiamtely led to the development of the Women's Empowerment Principles. The document, in part, lists The Calvert Women’s Principles which ulitmately informed the Women's Empowerment Principles (2008).

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Gender Equality Case Summaries

  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.
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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.
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Lauren Gula
Human Rights & Labour Consultant
UN Global Compact

(Last updated: 2 March 2011)