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Women's Leadership in Business: the Global Ethics and Sustainable Development Perspective

January 16, 2016

On 16 January, BPW Turkey will host the 4th International Conference focused on women’s empowerment. High level panels will highlight strategies to: advance women's empowerment under internationally agreed goals for sustainable development and human rights; increase the number of women on boards (Principle 2); and expand relationships with women-owned enterprises through gender-sensitive public and private procurement policies (Principle 5). These discussions will further underscore the 7 Principles by encouraging companies to implement a holistic approach to advancing gender equality.

Webinar: Creating a Gender- Inclusive Supply Chain: Moving from Data to Action

January 19, 2016
This webinar will focus on the need for research, data and action that promote women's entrepreneurship, create gender-inclusive supply chains, and advance Principle 5 of the Women's Empowerment Principles. The webinar will include presentation of the 2015 Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard, as well as a Call to Action led by the International Trade Center (ITC) to bring one million women entrepreneurs to markets by 2020. Presenters will introduce actionable steps for governments and corporations to expand inclusive sourcing initiatives and company representatives will share innovative approaches and discuss challenges and lessons learned.
Date: 19 January 2016
Time: 10:00 am -11:00 am EST
Join the online discussion here


9th Annual Global Diversity & Inclusion Seminar : Zurich

February 18, 2016 - February 19, 2016
Zurich, Switzerland

Icon Group, in partnership with the Canton of Zurich, invites you to celebrate the 9th Global Diversity & Inclusion Seminar and join us in Zurich for this prestigious event. For the first time in it’s history, Europe’s longest running corporate Diversity & Inclusion event, will move beyond it’s previous home of Barcelona, to the beautiful city of Zurich and we are proud to collaborate with the Office for the Equality of Men and Women, from the Canton of Zurich, in delivering this 9th international edition. How is your organisation perceived: — internationally regarding inclusion and diversity? — internally regarding inclusion and diversity? Do your employees from entry level to senior level : — truly embrace a culture of inclusion? — fully understand what diversity & inclusion means? For many Global Heads of Diversity & Inclusion, these questions are high on the agenda and apart from a lived culture of acceptance, flexible working models and a focus on a healthy work-life balance, there exists future-oriented characteristics of a modern company with an open and tolerant culture. We aim to present a robust collection of best and “next” practices presented by global thought leaders, C-suite executives, everyday practitioners and business leaders along with authors and professors from some of the world’s most recognised companies and institutions. In this context we would like to invite you and your colleagues to join us as delegates to this globally recognised event that has become a major benchmark event for senior level D&I executives, HR minds, experts and practitioners worldwide. We are convinced that irrespective of where you are on your inclusion and diversity journey, this event will support your goals and implementation of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), as well as provide you with a unique opportunity to learn, network and benchmark with your peers on the international stage. We look forward to welcoming you to Zurich!

Click here to view the agenda.


Ring the Bell for Gender Equality

March 03, 2016 - March 11, 2016
In the lead up to 2016 International Women’s Day, stock exchanges from around the world will join UN Global Compact, UN Women, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, IFC, Women in ETFs and the World Federation of Stock Exchanges in ringing their opening or closing bells for gender equality. The series of global events aims to bring further attention to the importance of gender equality to business growth and sustainable economic development as well as highlight the role of and opportunities for the private sector to advance women’s economic empowerment. 
To view a list of participating exchanges please click here

Innovative Partnerships Enabling Green and Gender-Inclusive Growth

March 17, 2016
With the recent historic global agreement on climate change at COP21, governments, business and other stakeholders are looking to scale-up and invest in new climate-resilient strategies.  As stakeholders begin to draft action plans to meet the climate agenda, it will be critical that concerted efforts are taken to ensure that both women and men are active participants in meeting climate goals and targets and benefit from the low-carbon growth revolution. This session will explore how companies are innovating and investing in inclusive energy-efficient business models, turning the climate challenge into inclusive market opportunities.
Official Side Event to CSW
Thursday, 17 March 2016 (6:30 - 7:45 pm)
UN Headquarters- Conference Room A
Kindly note we are at capacity for this event.  To put your name on a waiting list please contact 







Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF)

September 01, 2016 - September 02, 2016
Join the WEPs at the WVEF in Istanbul, Turkey in September to expand business relationships with pre-selected women-owned enterprises.  This global event, organized by the International Trade Centre and Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey, and supported by the UN Global Compact, and other partners, brings together representatives from the private sector, government and trade support institutions to execute business partnerships.  The WVEF provides a concrete opportunity to implement WEPs Principle 5, which calls on business to expand business relationships with women-owned enterprises. The sectors that will be featured at this year’s event are: ICT and Business Services; Textiles and Garments; and Tourism. The International Trade Centre will match the sourcing specifications identified by buyers with women entrepreneurs that meet those requirements.  Complete the online Buyer Profile Form to identify your sourcing needs!
The Opportunity:
  • Broaden your vendor pool and access new product and service options
  • Identify opportunities to expand and invest in the Latin American region
  • Advance CSR and Supplier Diversity commitments and goals
  • Contribute to women’s economic empowerment and sustainable development
To learn more about the WVEF or about how to participate as a buyer contact Tulsi Byrne (