Business Guide to CSW63

Are you organizing a business-relevant event during the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)?

In an effort to promote business participation at events being planned in celebration of International Women's Day (8 March) and/or convened during CSW63 in New York City, the UN Global Compact is creating a Business Guide to CSW63.

Many different events are organized in and around CSW63 with a business focus or that welcome private sector participation. Some are organized by United Nations entities, while many others are convened by outside organizations. The Business Guide is a compilation of events which may be of interest to businesses attending CSW63.

Kindly note that the UN Global Compact does not manage invitations or registration for events in the Business Guide. If you are interested in participating in an event listed, please find information about registering through the event link/contact provided.

If you would like to have your event featured in the Business Guide, please submit it for our consideration using this form. The Business Guide will feature those events that:

  1. Take place in New York City between 4 - 22 March 2019
  2. Are open to business participation
  3. Plan for or welcome discussion on the role of business in advancing gender equality

For any questions regarding the Business Guide, feel free to reach out to Pia Haslauer at

This Is A Leader: Celebrating International Women's Day

7 March, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: NeueHouse Library, 110 E 25th St, New York, NY 10010

This event is hosted by BSR, The Estée Lauder Companies, UGG, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 and as part of a campaign to promote and accelerate women's leadership. The event will bring together senior leaders from these three major brands and from BSR's HERproject, as well as a range of women leaders from different fields. The event will provide concrete direction on business action to drive gender equality at both a corporate and supply chain level, as well as a range of broader perspectives on how business can support women leaders.

To register, kindly follow this link. For any questions feel free to contact Mr. Dominic Kotas at

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

11 March, 6:30pm

Location: UNHQ, Conference Room 7

This event is hosted by the Permanent Mission of Belgium and the ILO. It aims to draw global attention to the issue of the Gender Pay Pap (GPG) and raise awareness of how GPG affects women and their families as well as negatively impacts public finances and fair competition between companies. It will also bring public sector and international organizations to be transparent in this issue and to share experiences and good practices. The event will also feature the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) and its efforts to contribute to the achievement of SDG 8.5.

For any questions feel free to contact Ms. Lisa Wong at

How can digital technology support gender equality in the MENA region?

12 March, 1:15pm - 2:45pm

Location: UNHQ, Hall 7

This event is hosted by UNIDO, FAO, UN Women and the Government of Italy. It will showcase how improving women’s access to ICTs, particularly in the MENA region, can boost entrepreneurship and job opportunities, particularly in disadvantaged and remote areas. To this end, it aims to showcase good practices in the area of women accessing technologies, the role of the private sector to improve the overall ecosystem and consequently how digital transformation and technologies can enhance the competitiveness of women entrepreneurs. Speakers will include H.E. Mrs. Basma Mousa Ishaqat, Minister of Social Development of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Vincenzo Spadafora, Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Italy as well as representatives from the UN, the private sector and national counterparts from the region.

To register, kindly contact Ms. Monica Carco at

The Future of Women at Work: A road map for gender equality and decent work

12 March, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Location: UNHQ, Conference Room 12

This event is hosted by the Permanent Mission of Sweden and the ILO and will include a presentation of the key findings of the ILO’s newly released ‘The Future of Women at Work’ (to be launched on March, 8th 2019), which will mark the culmination of ILO’s Women at Work Centenary Initiative. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion on policy solutions from countries and organizations that have made significant progress in promoting gender equality at work with focus on the expansion of universal social protection for all, care policies and services as well as decent work for care workers.

To register, kindly follow this link. For any questions feel free to contact Ms. Jessica Pak at

Infrastructure that Works for Women: Gender Dimensions of Energy and Industry

14 March, 10:00am

Location: UNHQ, Conference Room 12

This event is organized by the Permanent Missions of Finland and Viet Nam, UNIDO and UN Women will feature high-level representatives from Member States, UN and the private sector, who will provide insights on the constraints that need to be addressed and showcase success stories for gender-responsive sustainable infrastructure in energy and industry.

To register, kindly contact Ms. Hiroyuki Ozaki at

CEO Roundtable on Gender Equality - Responding to Backlash and Resistance

14 March, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: UNHQ

This event is organized by Male Champions of Change and the UN Global Compact, who will bring together leading CEOs from Australia and around the world to understand and identify ways to address backlash emerging in response to the implementation of diversity initiatives that are aimed at advancing gender equality.
Please note that this is a closed event.

For any questions feel free to contact Ms. Pia Haslauer at

2019 Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Forum

14 March, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: UNHQ, ECOSOC Chamber

This event is organized by UN Women and the UN Global Compact. The Forum will look to the future and consider how the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) can help business, investors, Governments and other stakeholders navigate new opportunities and work collectively to ensure that women help define and benefit from opportunities in the future of work. The Forum will also explore how to maintain momentum on advancing gender equality, accelerate the pace of progress and position responsible businesses to rise to the challenge.

To register, kindly follow this link. For any questions feel free to contact Ms. Pia Haslauer at