Why your company should join


Target Gender Equality is a gender equality accelerator programme for participating companies of the UN Global Compact. Through facilitated performance analysis, capacity building workshops, peer-to-peer learning and multi-stakeholder dialogue at the country-level, Target Gender Equality will support companies engaged with the UN Global Compact in setting and reaching ambitious corporate targets for women’s representation and leadership, starting with the Board and Executive Management levels.

Companies participating in Target Gender Equality have the opportunity to deepen implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and strengthen their contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 5.5, which calls for equal women representation, participation and leadership in business globally. Companies will be equipped with the latest data and research supporting the business case for gender equality and gain insights from UN partners and experts on how to accelerate progress on gender equality.

Programme Benefits:

  • Confidently set ambitious and realistic corporate targets for gender equality demonstrating commitment and action to your employees, investors and other stakeholders
  • Understand your current gender equality performance through the facilitated use of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool
  • Engage in accelerated learning opportunities specific to your country context
  • Build a network of peers, UN partners and experts to support your gender equality strategy and work collectively to tackle persistent barriers to gender equality
  • Showcase women in your company who are driving business success, sustainability and contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Watch on-demand a recording of the live Q&A session on why to join Target Gender Equality.
To watch the session in Spanish, click here.

Interested in Participating?

Companies participating in the UN Global Compact and based in the following countries have the opportunity to sign up to Target Gender Equality through their Global Compact Local Network. 

The following Local Networks have confirmed their participation in 2021:

  • Austria
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Korea
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Not located in any of these countries? Future rounds of the programme will expand to additional countries. Please click here if you would like to participate through your Local Network in a future round.

Choose your language to apply for Target Gender Equality:
English | French | Spanish | German | Portuguese | Polish | Ukrainian


Company registration: 16 March 2021 – 30 June 2021

Programme begins: July 2021 (Please check exact dates with your Global Compact Local Network)

Programme ends: March 2022

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Target Gender Equality Global Coalition

The Target Gender Equality Global Coalition brings together expert organizations that are committed to advancing women’s business leadership to support the roll out of Target Gender Equality across the globe and help amplify the call for ambitious corporate target setting for women’s representation and leadership in business.

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If you have further questions, please contact targetgenderequality@unglobalcompact.org.

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