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January

Creating a New Value through Matchmaking among Large and/or Medium Companies, Women Entrepreneurs and Female University Students -- towards the implementation of Principle 5 and Principle 6 of the WEPs

Hosted by “J300- coalition of the women owners”, Ochanomizu University, the Kanagawa New Business Conference, the Liaison Conference for the Promotion of Gender Equality and the Cabinet Office, this event will highlight the importance of Principle 5 of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs). Designed as a "match making event," the program will offer an avenue for women-owned enterprises to expand business relationships with some of the largest companies in Tokyo. In addition, the event will feature how women-owned companies create and implement their own business plans.

Program:

1:00pm - 1:40pm: Talking Session Sharing a couple of good practices of business between enterprises and women entrepreneurs

1:50pm - 3:00pm: Presentation Session Presenting collaboration and business plans of women entrepreneurs to Large and/or medium companies

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Workshop Session Brainstorming a lot of business seeds of collaborations among companies, women-owned companies and universities

Event Report

 

February

Side Event to the 8th Open Working Group Meeting: Fostering Women’s Entrepreneurship as a Means of Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Today, the largest untapped source of growth is that of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Across the developed and developing world SMEs are the main source of employment accounting for almost 80 % of jobs. Given the role of decent employment in supporting economic growth, poverty reduction and protection of vulnerable communities, SMEs as incubators of growth, must form a central part of our debate on what will constitute the Post 2015 Development Agenda. In developing countries and Least Developed Countries, many of these jobs which will be filled by the vulnerable groups in society such as women and youth- are people who are often operating at the bottom of value chains and excluded from sustained economic opportunities. The supply side capacity and supporting the growth and competitiveness of SMEs are necessary anchors for development – because without jobs, the achievements we make in health, education, peace and security will not be sustainable.

This side event will focus on the three ‘E’s’, seeking to take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to economic development by recognising that improved entrepreneurship leads to economic growth which in turn creates employment. ITC’s Three E initiative: Entrepreneurship for economic growth and employment focuses on building entrepreneurship of SME exporters and of SMEs who have a potential for becoming exporters. This interfaces with the Women’s Empowerment Principles a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women, under which companies commit to, inter alia, to integrating women-owned companies into their supply chains.

Program:

6:00pm - Arrival at United Nations Headquarters

6:15pm - Opening Remarks

6:30pm - Moderated Panel Discussion

7:15pm - Closing Remarks

March

6th Annual WEPs Event: Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge

The sixth annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) event, Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge, will spotlight business strategies, experience and challenges on increasing and enhancing job opportunities for women and expanding access to decent jobs. With more than 670 CEO signatories worldwide, the WEPs, a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, provide a roadmap for companies to advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The WEPs 6 March event at United Nations Headquarters brings together the experience of leading stakeholders from business, government and civil society to strengthen local and global solutions. Among other topics, the event will spotlight:

• Breaking through gender stereotyping, unconscious bias and ending occupational segregation

• Addressing gender inequalities in pay, promotions and leadership opportunities

• Enhancing paid employment opportunities for women through procurement policies and throughout the value chain

• Forging links with women-owned businesses and supporting women's entrepreneurship or cooperative development programs

• Bolstering efforts to increase women’s access to finance, land and skills training

• Engaging with women and men in communities and tailoring outreach to ensure women equal opportunities for good paying and non-traditional jobs

Registration priority will be given to companies that have signed the CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs.

Women’s Empowerment Principles - Equality Means Business: Re-Visioning the Development Agenda - A Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue

WEPs Official Side Event of the 58th Commission on the Status of Women

The Millennium Declaration set a high bar when it called for all countries to be involved in creating “…a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world,” and explicitly stated, “we have a collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at global levels.” (United Nations. 2000. Millennium Declaration. http://www.un.org/millennium/declaration/ares552e.htm)

A backdrop of economic volatility, austerity policies, climate upheaval, conflict, corruption and poverty shades the world’s efforts to move to the next phase of the development agenda, gathering lessons and reformulating approaches. However, beacons exist to light the way forward. Equality Means Business is one such light. Research and practice underscore that gender equality is fundamental to realizing the development agenda and that advancing and empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community is essential for all sectors.

Collaboration is another lighthouse, as moving the gender agenda requires all hands on deck: Government, international organizations, civil society and the private sector. Drawing from the Women’s Empowerment Principles--a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact--that provide a road map for the private sector to realize gender equality and advance women in the workplace, marketplace and community, discussion will spotlight the role of business as we re-vision the post 2015 Development Agenda.

Co-sponsored by the Government of Australia, UN Global Compact, UN Women, International Federation of Business and Professional Women and the NGO CSW Forum 2014, the event will feature speakers, including representatives from the private sector, that will examine how business can contribute to gender equality, particularly addressing barriers to jobs and decent employment, while highlighting a range of opportunities, stakeholder roles and responsibilities, lessons learned and how to get involved.

Watch recorded webcast

Business in Society Programme on the Women's Empowerment Principles

March 22, 2014
DirecTV & Online
The WEPs Team

John Paluszek of “Business in Society” conducted three video interviews at the 6th Annual WEPs Event, which will air online and on DirecTV as part of a feature programme on the Women's Empowerment Principles. The programme will feature interviews with:

  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, President, New America Foundation

  • Barbara Krumsiek, CEO, Calvert Investments

  • Ursula Wynhoven, Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability and General Counsel, United Nations Global Compact

Business in Society reports on how business is changing lives through responsible and sustainable business. The half-hour programme presents experts and best practices on a range of corporate sustainability topics, drawing attention to private sector efforts to conduct business both ethically and profitably, and also address global challenges.

You can watch the WEPs programme:

Online: http://www.businessinsociety.net

DirecTV: Saturday, 22 March, 11am EST - DirecTV Channel 222

 

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The 11th CEO Pledging Ceremony

BPW KOREA (Korean Federation of Business & Professional Women) is co-hosting the "11th CEO Pledging Ceremony" with The B.E.S.T Forum to firmly establish a culture of ethical business practice and sustainable management in Korea. As the role of CEOs is essential in realizing ethics management, the annual ceremony aims to encourage CEOs to pledge one's ethical leadership and others to follow the suit. This year's event specially promotes the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) by encouraging B.E.S.T members to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs.

For more information, please contact Ms. Insil Lee at [email protected]

Webinar - The Business Case for Women’s Employment

Empowering women to participate in full and productive employment is essential to expand economic growth, promote social development and enhance business performance. However, the positive impacts of women-focused employment practices on firms, communities and the economy are often under appreciated. Co-hosted by the UN Global Compact, International Finance Corporation, and the International Labour Organization, this webinar will present the latest research on the business case for gender diversity in the workplace. It will feature a panel discussion describing the key challenges and opportunities for advancing women’s employment and retention, and highlight key engagement opportunities including the Women's Empowerment Principles and WINvest.

View Presentation | Download Recording

Unfinished Business: Exploring New Horizons for Societal Change

This year the International Council of Women celebrates its work to end sexism and racism by bringing together women and men interested in creating a better world. The Conference is about the continuum of progress towards equality for all in the US. It will bring together people from all backgrounds who care about the advancement and inclusion of women in society. A morning panel will be devoted to examining the strides women have made in the workplace and how business can scale up efforts to address the remaining gaps. Speakers will discuss how this issue is taught in business schools, opening the field of technology and non traditional jobs to women and how the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women, can provide guidance to business on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Registration required: Please click here to register.

WEPs Brazil Award 2014

The WEPs Brazil Award 2014 recognizes institutions that promote a culture of gender equality in their organizational environments. Thirty-two (32) large, medium and small businesses are finalists of this first ever WEPs Brazil Award  and the award recipitents will be announced on Monday, 31 March 2014 in a ceremony at Teatro Positivo in Curitiba. The event is hosted by Itaipu Binacional, Portal Tempo de Mulher and Espaço das Mulheres Executivas do Paraná (MEX-PR), with partnership of several companies and institutions. Featured attendees include: special Advisor UN Global Compact, Fred Dubee; Brazilian Network Global Compact chairman, Jorge Soto; UN Women Representative in Brazil, Nadine Gasman; Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) presidente in Brazil, Glaucia Térreo; Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro Research Institute president, Samyra Crespo; Planeta Sustentável director, Caco de Paula, and  journalist and businesswoman Ana Paula Padrão.

Meeting Report

Press Release: Portuguese | English

Pictures of Award Recipients

 

Background

Based on the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Leadership Awards, the WEPs Brazil Award seeks to promote gender equality amongst Brazilian companies of all sizes. In 2013, Itaipu received the 7 Principles WEPs Leadership Award which inspired the company to create the WEPs Brazil Award 2014, approved by the WEPs Secretariat in New York City.

April

May

Webinar - How to Tackle the Unconscious Mind for Inclusive Behavior

Many business leaders worldwide support inclusion and diversity, and a number of organizations are raising unconscious bias awareness in an effort to foster an inclusive culture. Tackling bias through training sessions on unconscious bias are an important step but far from enough. This webinar will look at practical interventions called 'Inclusion Nudges' that passively and actively ‘push’ the unconscious mind to help the brain make better decisions and promote more inclusive behaviour - that will stick. The purpose of Inclusion Nudges is to motivate, steer, empower and outsmart the brain towards more objective evaluations and decision in the employee life cycle that will promote gender equality and inclusion of diversity. Ms. Tinna C. Nielsen, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Collaboration at Arla Foods and Ms. Lisa Kepinski, Founder & CEO of Inclusion-Institute will share their concept and how Inclusion Nudges work and have been proven to work in various organizations globally.

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

Register

Make Financial Markets Work for Women

In the lead up to the Power Shift Forum, this e-discussion consists of four separate discussion threads: (1) Women’s access to financial services and products; (2) Women’s financial literacy and skills; (3) Women’s employment in the finance sector; and (4) Measuring the gender impact.

The objectives of the discussion are:

1. Bring attention to the issues around women’s financial inclusion and economic empowerment.

2. Document and collate initiatives and good practices on women and financial inclusion.

3. Encourage contributions from participants on technologies and innovations in the finance sector that have contributed to women’s financial inclusion (e.g. mobile and internet banking, payment cards).

4. Develop recommendations on required policies, laws, regulations, or public/private sector programmes and partnerships that enable and incentivize women’s financial inclusion.

5. Feed relevant inputs, suggestions and recommendations into the preparations of the 2014 Power Shift conference and the Knowledge Gateway’s Online Summit in September/October 2014.

Register to the Knowledge Gateway to participate. Once registered, you will receive an email with a verification link. Please click on this link to authenticate your email address. The e-discussion will be hosted here.

The Womanity Award Launch

The purpose of the Womanity Award is to identify and acknowledge innovative and effective solutions tackling violence against women, and help them spread across geographies through local partners, by supporting them in overcoming barriers to replication. The Award recognizes two laureates, notably, an Innovation Partner Organization having demonstrated the impact of a successful program to reduce violence against women and a Scale-up Partner Organization able to adapt and replicate the latter in their own setting to positively affect women and their communities locally. This event aligns with Principle 3, which ensures the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers, through the support of business.

For more detailed information on the award, please visit Womanity Award.

To watch the event live, please visit the online stream.

Webinar - Respecting and Supporting Women throughout the Value Chain

Embedding corporate sustainability goals and objectives throughout the value chain remains a significant challenge for businesses around the world from all sectors. This webinar will focus on the gender dimension of responsible value chain management and highlight the specific challenges and opportunities faced by companies. Principle 5 of the Women's Empowerment Principles -- which encourages companies to implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women -- will provide a starting point for discussion. Company experiences, new programmes and engagement opportunities aimed at assisting companies to better apply a gender lens to their responsible value chain strategies will be presented.

For more information, please contact Zak Martellucci ([email protected]) and Elena Bombis ([email protected])

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EST

Register

The 28th BPW International Congress 2014

May 22, 2014 - May 27, 2014

Under the high patronage of the nation’s first female President, Her Excellency Geun-hye Park, BPW will convene the 28th International Congress 2014 in the Republic of Korea.  The triennial event, themed, “Empowered Women Leading Business: from the top, at all levels and in the community,” brings an international spotlight to the issues of gender equity and women's empowerment through a series of panel discussions and workshops organized around the 7 Principles.  Throughout the five day Congress, BPW affiliates will share how they are advancing the WEPS at the country level and discuss what more can be done to raise awareness and encourage further support and implementation of the WEPs

To learn more about the 28th BPW International Congress please click here.

June

Groundbreaking Women in Construction

The 5th annual Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference, "Personal Career Strategies to Advance Your Professional Path," will explore the challenges women face in construction and how they compare to other industries, investigate tactics for overcoming stereotypes in the workplace and outline strategies for expanding personal networks to help women identify and manage opportunities for professional growth. In alignment with Women's Empowerment Principles (specifically Principles 2 and 4), this event promotes gender equality at all levels of the construction industry through education, training and professional development for women and serves as a forum for women at all levels to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion and recommend best practices for closing the gender divide and empowering new generations of women leaders.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Women and Career Negotiation

The Women and Career Negotiation program is designed to help women develop individual strategies for improving both their negotiation and social outcomes in career negotiations. Taught by Hannah Riley Bowles from Harvard's Kennedy School, the program examines gender and negotiation by focusing on three key issues:

1) Opportunity: women sometimes have fewer opportunities than men,

2) Ambiguity: uncertaintly can highten the potential for gender effects, and 

3) Work and family: gender in job negotiations is a two-level game

It will also focus on ways that leaders, both male and female, can better advise female colleagues in their career negotiations and help address their own organizational barriers to women’s career negotiations.

For more information, press here.

Register

July

Screening of “Girl Rising”

The United Nations Global Compact in collaboration with Girl Rising, is pleased to show a screening of “Girl Rising,” a ground-breaking film directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins. The film tells the stories of nine girls living in the developing world and the challenges they must overcome to pursue their dreams. Through the help of prize-winning authors, the girls’ remarkable stories have been put into words and renowned actors have given them a voice. The documentary underlines a powerful truth: educating girls can transform families, communities, countries and eventually, the world.

Ms. Ursula Wynhoven, Chief of Governance and Social Sustainability and General Counsel at the United Nations Global Compact will give opening remarks and moderate a short discussion following the film. 

Donations will be most appreciated to help support the work of the Katahdin Foundation, Inc., the sponsor of “Girl Rising.” For more information about the Kathadin Foundation see here.

Please RSVP to Ms. Cheng Li ([email protected]) with copy to Ms. Shubha Chandra ([email protected]) by 8 July

Beijing+20 and Women in Decision-making - Time to Shatter the Glass Ceiling

July 16, 2014
Google Hangout

Women leaders in communities, businesses and governments contribute to more stable and just societies, economic growth, quality of life for families and communities, and the achievement of internationally-agreed goals for sustainable development. Research also points to a positive correlation between the inclusion of women on corporate boards and in senior leadership roles and increased corporate financial performance (World Economic Forum, 2012, Catalyst, 2004).

Despite increased acknowledgement of the added benefits of gender diversity in leadership in recent years, there continues to be a disproportion between women and men in decision-making roles in both the public and private sector. This disparity reveals structural and cultural barriers that limit the potential for women to become top-level managers, policy makers and executives in organizations worldwide, and demonstrates that a lack of women in leadership is still a concern 20 years after a global commitment was made to promote women in decision-making positions at The Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995).

Organized by UN Global Compact and UN Women, the conversations will bring together experts and representatives of business, governments and civil society to take stock of progress made and identify solutions for breaking down barriers that continue to hold women back from leadership and decision-making roles. The Google Hangout on 16 July will kick off an e-discussion on empowerwomen.org on this topic from 16 July to 6 August 2014. For more information, follow-us on @WEPrinciples and @empower_women

Women’s Empowerment Principles: Stakes and Benefits

Hosted by the UN Women, UN Development Programme, Global Compact Network Kenya, and the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, this event will convene representatives in the private sector to learn about the Women Empowerment Principles and what key companies are achieving locally in streamlining gender equality and women empowerment into their corporate strategies and operations.  Participants will be encouraged to engage with presenting companies. 

As the journey towards gender equality and women empowerment requires commitment and a collective effort, it is important to understand the stakes and benefits, share knowledge, experience and best practices in order to enhance the learning curve and growth in this respect.

The private sector plays a key role in helping to promote gender equality and women empowerment within their sphere of influence.  By committing to these values through signing the CEO Statement of Support for the Women Empowerment Principles, among other things companies are taking steps to uphold human rights and non-discrimination in respect to employment of women. Moreover, businesses can improve their competitiveness in the market, contribute to fostering a strengthened economic environment conducive to Africa’s development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

 

August

Lanzamiento de los Principios para el empoderamiento de las Mujeres en Colombia - El empoderamiento de las mujeres, una oportunidad para el desarrollo

Hosted by the Global Compact Local Network Colombia with support from UN Women, UN Development Programme, the Colombian Ministry of Labor and the High Commissioner for Women's Equality, the WEPs were launched at the network's annual Global Compact event held in Bogotá on 12 August 2014. The event brought together close to 300 participants from government, UN, civil society and the private sector to discuss the role of women in society and the importance of their empowerment in development issues, as well as the experience and challenges incorporating the 7 Principles into workplace policies.

See agenda for more information.

Fostering Women's Entrepreneurship in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach

The UN Global Compact partnered with women's NGOs to host this panel session held at the DPI/NGO Conference at UN Headquarters in New York City. Moderated by the UN Global Compact, the session was overflowing with more than 70 participants and standing room only.  The panel discussions focused on the power and potential of women's entrepreneurship and the need for a multi-stakeholder approach to support women's entrepreneurship as a multiplier towards achieving current and future development goals. The panelists spoke on how to overcome obstacles their businesses and communities face to gaining access to the necessary resources, support and opportunities to lead thriving and sustainable businesses.

Read event flyer for more information. 

Women Talk

Calling all Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs who want to power network!

SMART Enterprise, PLDT SME Nation, Sun Business, and BPW Makati, team up to introduce the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), BPW Makati activities, and the GREAT Women and Gender Platform.

To registr, please email your:

- Full Name

- Exact Designation

- Company

to the BPW Secretariat c/o Ana Bobadilla through [email protected]. Registration is required to attend the event.

Deadline of confirmation is Monday 25, August.  Attire is smart casual.

September

WEConnect Think Big Women in Business Forum -2014

Recognizing that scaling up women‘s enterprises is critical for long-term sustainability and women’s empowerment efforts, WEConnect International is organizing their second “Think Big 2014” Women in Business Forum on 11-12 September 2014, in Bangalore, India. This Forum, which highlights the importance of Principle 5, provides buyers an opportunity to network and conduct business with women-owned enterprises from around the world and help them to scale up and reach new market opportunities. The first Think Big Women in Business Forum was held in November last year and brought together 300 women entrepreneurs from 6 countries, corporate buyers, industry mentors and media. This year, 500 delegates are expected and concrete business outcomes are being planned.

Register

Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF) 2014

Join women business owners and representatives of corporations, governments and trade support institutions at WVEF 2014 on 16-17 September 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. This global event provides buyers and sellers in select sectors the opportunity to explore business partnerships, build skills and engage with dynamic public and private sector leaders from around the world. This year’s event will focus on the coffee and services sector. More information.

The WVEF provides a key opportunity to implement WEPs Principle 5, which calls on business to expand business relationships with women-owned enterprises.  As a business committed to inclusive sourcing this is a prime opportunity to expand your procurement opportunities and implement Principle 5 of the WEPs.  

To apply to participate please complete the Buyers Profile Form.

Background:
Hosted annually by the International Trade Centre, the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors seeks to increase the share of corporate, government and institutional contracts awarded to women-owned businesses. Launched in 2010, the Global Platform has a 10-year strategy to link buyers, sellers and institutions to build an ongoing capacity of suppliers to meet buyers’ requirements for the ultimate purpose of facilitating sales.

For Criteria and Background Information, please visit the ITC's Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors website.

We also invite you to nominate businesswomen in your networks by completing the Women Vendor Application Form.

For additional information please contact [email protected]

October

Australian Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Summit

The annual Australian Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Summit, which is co-hosted by Australian National Committee for UN Women and the Global Compact Network Australia offers a space for Australian business leaders to discuss their joint leadership role in empowering women and ensuring gender equality in the workplace.  The Australian WEPs Summit 2014 will engage senior diversity practioners with the WEPs and provide thought leadership to progress gender equality in corporate Australia. 

Attendance is by invitation only. Any expressions of interest in the event can be emailed to [email protected]

 

 

November

Can Entrepreneurship Save the World?- Investing in Women’s Lives, Investing in Sustainable Development

November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014
İstanbul, Turkey

Hosted by Yeditepe University, the session, Investing in Women's Lives, Investing in Sustainable Development, was organized by BPW Turkey to underscore the WEPs framework by specifically highlighting the importance of gender sensitive supply chain management (Principle 5).  This event marked the 5th international event of BPW-Turkey.  In the first panel, the institutional efforts to strengthen women's entrepreneurship was discussed by distinguished panelists. Panelists include: Elisabeth Kelan, WEPs Leadership Group member, presented the WEPs; KettyTzitzikosa, president of Hellenic UNESCO and UNESCO Center for Women and Peace, explained the organization's efforts to strengthen women entrepreneurship in the Balkan Region; Amelia Espejo, International Organization of Employers, underlined the importance of gender-sensitive social and labor policies; and Solmaz Coskun, Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations, highlighted the problems and proposed solutions regarding women entrepreneurship in Turkey.  In the second panel, business women shared their personal experiences.

To read the press release please click here.

Trust Women Conference

November 18, 2014 - November 19, 2014
London, United Kingdom

The Trust Women conference, hosted by the Thompson Reuters Foundation, is an influential gathering that brings together global corporations, lawyers and pioneers in the field of women's rights. Trust Women delegates take action and forge tangible commitments to empower women to know and defend their rights. This year’s conference, which closely links to many of the issue areas of the UN Global Compact, including gender, supply chain, rule of law, child labor, will focus on a range of issues from women's economic empowerment to slavery in the supply chain and child labour.  The UN Global Compact is an official partner on the event.  To learn more about the Trust Women conference please click here.  

To register for the event please click here

16th Global Edition WIL Economic Forum

Held under the patronage of the Ministry of Economy United Arab Emirates, the 16th Global Edition of the Women In Leadership Economic Forum is focused on making change happen at the senior most level.  Aligning with Principle 1 of the WEPs, the forum will unite 300 of the most influential business and thought leaders from across the globe to discuss key issues on women in leadership.

To learn more about how you can get involved, please click here.

Women's Entrepreneurship Day

November 19, 2014
New York City, New York

On 19 November, 2014, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) will be launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Dedicated to helping millions of women fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams, WED will make a call to countries, companies, communities and individuals to implement key initiatives designed to support women entrepreneurs worldwide.  Recognizing the linkages with Principle 5 of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, WED included the WEPs CEO Statement of Support as one of the initiatives that companies can implement to show their commitment.

Watch the broadcast here.

December

WEPs Launch in Georgia: Invitation for Companies to Join the WEPs

Georgia has made visible progress in promoting gender equality through recent changes in legislation, policies and institutional structures. The role of the private sector in accelerating these changes is critical. On 9 December 2014, within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence framework, UN Women Georgia Country Office launched the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business (WEPs) to attract companies in Georgia to take concrete actions to implement the WEPs and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The event also helped encourage interested businesses to join the movement by signing the CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs. 

Launch of the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business in Georgia (from left to right): Deniz Öztürk, Advisor to the Board, Global Compact Turkiye, Tamar Sabedashvili, National Programme Officer, UN Women Georgia, Erika Kvapilova, Country Representative, UN Women Georgia,  Giorgi Kadagidze, Chairman of the Board, National Bank of Georgia, Governor of the National Bank of Georgia and IMF Governor for Georgia, Derya Özet Yalgı, Garanti Bank Turkey, Sustainability Supervisor, Nino Zambakhidze, Chairperson of the Georgian Farmers’ Association. Photo: UN Women / Maka Gogaladze

The principles were presented to the representatives of the Georgian private sector, civil society, and government representatives by colleagues from Turkey; Ms. Deniz Öztürk, Advisor to the Board of the Global Compact Turkey presented on the 7 key principles for women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Oztürk also shared the experience of Turkey and presented on the recently established Women’s Empowerment Working Group, a multi-stakeholder initiative of business (large, SME and business associations) and non-business (Ministry of Family and Social Affairs, Ministry of Labour, Civil Society, Universities and Cities). The working group is a joint effort of Global Compact Turkey, the Turkish Confederation of Employers Associations’ (TISK), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Women Regional Center for Europe and Asia (ECA) in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ms. Derya Özet Yalgı, Sustainability Supervisor, Garanti Bank Turkey, further elaborated on the implementation of the WEPs by her company, sharing details of the services developed as well as monitoring and reporting frameworks put in place to ensure successful implementation of the WEPs.

The opening remarks were made by  Mr. Giorgi Kadagidze, Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Georgia, Governor of the National Bank of Georgia and IMF Governor for Georgia:  “we need to take these principles onboard not only because this is the right thing to do as we strive towards greater gender equality and women’s empowerment, but also, because adhering to these principles is profitable and will advance private sector and contribute to the development of the Georgian economy at large” stated Mr. Kadagidze. Opening remarks were made also by Ms. Erika Kvapilova, UN Women Representative in Georgia and Ms. Nino Zambakhidze, Chairperson of the Georgian Farmers’ Association.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of senior management of insurance companies (Aldagi, Irao and the IC Group), the joint stock company Georgian Railway, the largest national broadcasting company (Rustavi2), Georgian retail company (Goodwill), the Georgian Co-investment Fund, the Georgian Women Business Association, the Georgian Employers’ Association, along with the Office of the Prime Minister, ILO, FAO, UNDP and others. 

Learn more.

Forum on how to make good use of the Gender-Specific COP Self-Assessment Questions

This forum, organized by the Global Compact Research Center, Japan, in cooperation with Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., will aim to introduce the Women's Empowerment Principles and other global initiatives related to business and human rights to the Japanese business community. The forum will introduce the new gender-specific self-assessment questions of the United Nations Global Compact's Communication on Progress (COP) which encourage and support companies to report on their progress towards promoting women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community, and will focus on how companies can meet these new reporting requirements. The participants will have the opportunity to examine the self-assessment questions, identify obstacles and monitor the policies and practices in their own companies to achieve progress.

Read event flyer in Japanese for more information.