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Inclusion: Strategy for Change
5th Annual Women's Empowerment Principles Event

5 – 6 March 2013
New York, USA

Lauren Gula


Women's Empowerment Principles

Held in observance of International Women’s Day, the event will focus on how inclusive business strategies and practices drive change towards realizing the Women’s Empowerment Principles and will feature innovative approaches the private sector is taking to overcome challenges to achieve gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. Participants will include business leaders and representatives from a wide range of sectors and geographical regions and other key stakeholders from civil society, government and academia.

Invitation only. Priority will be given to companies that have signed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles. To register your interest in attending, please contact the WEPs Team.

LIVE WEBCAST: Follow the conversation on 6 March at www.livestream.com/WEPrinciples.

Join us on Twitter at @WEPrinciples and #strategy4change.

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Gender Equality for Sustainable Business: 4th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles Event

6 March 2012
New York, USA


Companies that have signed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, as well as other businesses and stakeholders, will convene to discuss how corporate behaviour and practices are being transformed to align with the WEPs. As in previous years, participants will share their experiences in implementing the WEPs, including best practices, challenges and lessons-learned. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for discussion on key topics and themes, including how gender equality fits into the agendas of corporate sustainability and sustainable development. Participation at this event is by invitation only. Priority will be given to companies that have signed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

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Press Release | Meeting report | Agenda | List of Event Participants


Equality Means Business: Putting Principles into Practice

9 10 March 2011
New York, USA

One year after the launch of the Women's Empowerment Principles, representatives from the private sector, Government, civil society and the UN will meet at UN Headquarters to take stock of  how the Principles have been operationalized to advance company efforts to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and identify areas for improvement.


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Equality Means Business: Launch of the Women's Empowerment Principles

9 March 2010
New York, USA

Convened by the UN Global Compact and UNIFEM at the Levin Institute in NYC, and on the occassion of International Women's Day, the event launched the Women's Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business. The Principles are the result of a year-long international consultation which was put into motion at last year's event, Advancing Women in the Global Workplace.

The event introduced the Principles, explored their practical relevance for business, and investigated how best to build support for the spirit of the WEPs. The WEPs and supporting material to help operationalize them and a broad collection of examples of good corporate practice were circulated at the event and are available here.

Meeting Report | List of Participants | Meeting Agenda | Press Release | Press Statement by Ms. Inés Alberdi, Executive Director, UNIFEM | Press Statement by Mr. Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact | Press Statement by Ms. Susie C. Pontarolli, Aide – Environment and Corporate Citizenship Division, COPEL


UN Global Compact Commemorates International Women's Day 2009: Advancing Women in the Global Marketplace

5 March 2009
New York, USA


The event brought together business, civil society, academia, labour, governments and the UN to identify what business can and is doing to advance women around the world and how these efforts relate to corporate citizenship. Ultimately, Advancing Women in the Global Marketplace aimed to develop a more coherent and multi-faceted vision of the many ways in which business can help empower women around the world.

The event featured a series of interactive sessions on creating the optimum workplace, women and entrepreneurship, public-private partnerships, and other initiatives. As a central element of the day's agenda, participants discussed whether a set of Women's Principles, a new voluntary code of conduct for business designed to promote gender equality, might be useful to stimulate further progress.

Meeting Report | Event Webpage | Agenda | Lead Discussants


Lauren Gula
Human Rights & Labour Consultant
UN Global Compact

(Last updated: 21 February 2013)