Programmatic Opportunities

The Target Gender Equality initiative is run in collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks, with most activities led at the local level. Over the course of 9 months, companies engage in facilitated performance analysis, capacity-building workshops, peer-to-peer learning, and multi-stakeholder dialogues. All these support companies to draft ambitious targets for women’s representation and leadership or revise existing targets and develop accountable action plans on how to meet them.

While the overarching aim is to achieve gender balance in business, including at the highest levels such as board and executive management, the programme takes a holistic approach recognizing that many barriers need to be addressed to level the playing field. It helps companies understand the various policies, practices, and interventions needed to advance gender equality and achieve gender parity. The programme’s overall goal is to deepen companies’ implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and strengthen their contribution to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.5, which calls for women’s full participation and equal leadership opportunities, including in economic life by 2030.


  • Kick-off Webinar that allows you to get to know your peers and learn what’s ahead
  • Performance Analysis by using the WEPs Gender Gap Analysis Tool
  • Discussion of aggregate Tool results to help you understand the current landscape and build a case for action
  • Three interactive capacity-building workshops designed in collaboration with Catalyst to guide you through the target-setting process and define ambition, support you in prioritizing among strategies for success as well as provide guidance on how to measure and communicate progress
  • Multi-stakeholder action dialogues discussing how to jointly tackle barriers for gender equality
  • High-level global events to network internationally with peers and showcase your company's practices


Additional opportunities are available to all Target Gender Equality companies to engage in on a voluntary basis, depending on each company's interests and availability. Each region will further explore offering regional opportunities based on companies’ interests. Companies will be updated on a regular basis about all upcoming opportunities through the Target Gender Equality Newsletter and the exclusive Target Gender Equality Linkedin Group.

84 % of past Target Gender Equality participants have gone beyond the mandatory requirements of the programme and engaged in additional opportunities and recommendations for actions. Examples include:

  • Expanding the project team and including additional colleagues
  • Conducting interviews to better understand individual experiences in the company
  • Organizing internal workshops to foster engagement for gender equality
  • Organizing internal workshops to especially engage men as allies for gender equality
  • Organizing inclusive language trainings
  • Participating in social media campaigns amplifying the Target Gender Equality messaging
  • Taking specific action leveraging International Men's Day (November 19)
  • Taking specific action leveraging International Women's Day (March 8)