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Collective Action Against Corruption: Gender Perspectives

January 29, 2015
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Nkiruka Chiemelu

Co-hosted by the UN Global Compact and the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce, with support by Siemens Integrity Initiative, the multi-stakeholder forum explored how women are uniquely affected by corruption and the role of collective action in tacking this issue. The event was organized on the margins of the African Union’s January 2015 Summit, marking Agenda 2063 which calls for the development of Africa's human capital – with a particular focus on women and the promotion of transparent and peaceful societies – to realize a sustainable future for the continent. The forum brought together stakeholders from the Ethiopian and broader African business communities, Government and civil society, as well as representatives from UN Women and other international organizations. A panel discussion was held on the topic of “Collective Action against Corruption for Women’s Empowerment and Development”. Speakers explored the complexities of corruption issues, specifically as they pertain to women, and shared examples of how their organisations are fighting corruption, specifically highlighting the benefits of collective action. Participants concluded that involvement of more women in the political and corporate decision-making processes, as well as the overall economic empowerment of women, are key to achieving a more transparent and inclusive society. The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) lays out 7 Principles for achieving just that, advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Companies, particularly female-owned businesses, were encouraged to sign the UN Global Compact’s Call to Action: Anti-Corruption and the Global Development Agenda. The Call to Action, which has been signed by more than 275 business and investors worldwide, is an appeal by the private sector to Governments to include good governance and transparency in the global development agenda.


Austrade Endorses the Women's Empowerment Principles and Launches the Beryl Wilson Scholarship

February 23, 2015
Canberra, Australia

The Hon Mr Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment will announce the winner of the Beryl Wilson Austrade Scholarship for Women in International Business on 23 February. The scholarship was established in 2013 in recognition of Mrs Beryl Wilson, the first woman to be appointed as a Trade Commissioner for Australia. The Scholarship, which provides up to $40,000 in support, is in its second year and is open to women enrolled full time in the final year of a master’s degree in international business.

Ms Elizabeth Broderick, Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Global Co-Chair of the Women's Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, will attend the event and announce Austrade’s endorsement of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and encourage business leaders to sign the CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs.

The 8th Annual Global Diversity & Inclusion Seminar Barcelona

February 26, 2015 - February 27, 2015
Barcelona, Spain
Niall Doorley

The 8th Annual Global Diversity & Inclusion Seminar Barcelona is a two-day conference gathering global diversity practitioners to discuss new developments in the area of diversity, inclusion, talent, leadership, women in leadership and other topics related to the Women's Empowerment Principles. To learn more, see full agenda.


Women's Economic Empowerment

March 05, 2015
Zagreb, Croatia
Natasa Novakovic

Promoting female entrepreneurship is seen as one of the potential ways to revive the economic growth through generating employment and contributing to the GDP. This event, hosted by the Croatian Employer's Association and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, will highlight the various ways to empower women economically. Many of the leading world economies including the UK have recognised the need to stimulate the female entrepreneurship which will be discussed at the panel "Economic case for women’s enterprise”. The gender balance in Supervisory Boards will be discussed at the panel titled “Enhancing Supervisory Board Performance”. The diversity at Boards brings new ideas and challenges the strategies from many different angles leading to improved corporate governance. The empirical evidence indicates that the listed firms benefited from the diversity at their Supervisory Boards through outperforming the stock exchange indices. The event will also mark the occasion of the International Women’s Day. The EBRD Women in business workshop will be organized in the afternoon session with a special focus on women enterprises promoting EBRD program for Women in business funded by Taiwan-EBRD Cooperation Fund.

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2015 Women's Empowerment Principles Annual Event

March 10, 2015 - March 11, 2015
New York City, USA
This year a number of global milestones – the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action (PfA), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – provide a unique opportunity to ensure that the business community is a key partner in achieving gender equality.
Held as part of the official CSW59/Beijing+20 programme, the 2015 Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Annual Event will bring together leaders from business, Government, the UN and civil society to reflect on the implications of the PfA and the SDGs, and project an action agenda driven by WEPs champions. Held on 10-11 March 2015 in New York, the event will also focus on concrete steps and actions that business can take to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.
The UN Global Compact and UN Women are pleased to announce Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State of the United States, as the featured keynote speaker at the 2015 WEPs Event on 10 March. After nearly four decades of public service as First Lady, Senator, and U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton now helps lead the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Throughout her career, she has championed rights and opportunities for women and girls. She led the U.S. delegation to the Fourth UN World Conference on Women in 1995 in Beijing, where she delivered her historic speech and proclaimed “women’s rights are human rights”. In her keynote address, Secretary Clinton will reflect on progress made in implementing the agenda set in Beijing two decades ago. She will present key findings and recommendations from "No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report" and outline an agenda to accelerate the full participation of women and girls around the world. 
Participation is by invitation only. If you would like to request an invitation, contact If you are unable to attend in person, please join us via live webcast.

Learn more about past WEPs Annual Events.


Sponsorship Opportunities

A variety of Sponsorship Opportunities bring recognition throughout the two-day event, on electronic and on-site meeting materials and on the WEPs widely viewed website. The WEPs initiative expresses its deep appreciation to all sponsors and contributors and encourages WEPs companies to engage.  For questions, contact Lauren Gula (

Saving Lives, Protecting Futures: Every Woman Every Child Progress Report

March 10, 2015
New York City, USA
Caitlin Richardson

The UN Secretary-General will be hosting an Every Woman Every Child high-level event, Saving Lives, Protecting Futures on 10 March at 10:30 - 11:45 during the Commission on the Status of Women. At the event, the Secretary-General will launch a Progress Report on his Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. Almost five years since the launch of the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and subsequent Every Woman Every Child movement, this Progress Report will provide the Secretary-General with an opportunity to report back to Member States and other multi-stakeholder partners on the progress made and lessons learned. The report also sets the rationale for continued and accelerated action for the unfinished Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda. Additional details may be found at

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Bringing Down the Barriers: Women, Business and the Rule of Law

March 12, 2015
New York City, USA
Kristina Nygaard

This working breakfast session, hosted by the UN Global Compact, International Development Law Organization, International Chamber of Commerce and the United States Council for International Business, aims to foster knowledge exchange and enhance dialogue for partnerships on issues related to women, business and the rule of law through the lens of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. The session will examine how establishing conducive enabling environments and good governance (Goal 16) helps women thrive as entrepreneurs and employees, which can foster, and is fostering greater and more inclusive sustainable development.

This session will further address recent research by the World Bank - IFC Women, Business and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality which shows that economies in every region of the world impose some legal differences based on gender that impede women from achieving their full potential in their role as employees and/or entrepreneurs.

For more information about this event, please read the press release.

Learn more about UN Global Compact’s “Business for the Rule of Law” initiative.

Women in Procurement

March 16, 2015
New York City, USA

This session, co-hosted by the Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network and UN Development Business, will discuss women's role in the global procurement market and explore how procurement factors into women's economic empowerment in the Post 2015 Global Development Agenda.


WEPs Brazil Reunion

March 24, 2015
São Paulo, Brazil
Vanessa Tarantini

The objective of the event is to reunite Brazilian WEPs signatories, create a space to share experiences, knowledge and challenges for the implementation of the WEPs Principles and thus contribute to the achievement of gender equality in the labor market in Brazil.

Inclusive Business that Empowers Women

March 31, 2015 - April 14, 2015
Webinar & Online Discussion
Eduardo Pereira

UN Women, USAID and the SEEP Network have teamed up to offer you an opportunity to engage with key experts on both conceptual and practical issues around women’s economic empowerment in inclusive market systems. Following an exceptionally well-attended first webinar and online discussion from the learning series "Women’s Economic Empowerment in Inclusive Market Systems Development", we will now dive into some practical implications. The second webinar and online discussion will look at how implementing organizations can promote inclusive business practices that empower women, what specific incentives can drive the private sector to adopt such practices, key lessons for selecting appropriate private sector partners, and how to effectively make the “business case”. The webinar will take place on 31 March from 9:30am to 11:00am, and an online discussion will follow from 31 March to 14 April with the participation of moderators and experts from different businesses across the world.

Join the webinar and online discussion!


Webinar - UN PRME: Working Group on Gender Equality Webinar

April 28, 2015

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Gender Equality invites you to webinar presentation of their book Integrating Gender Equality into Business and Management Education: Lessons Learned and Challenges Remaining, edited by Patricia M. Flynn, Kathryn Haynes and Maureen Kilgour and published by Greanleaf Publishing. This book is the first in a series on gender equality in management education and in the world of work, which provides conceptual and research rationales as to why responsible management education must address the issue of gender equality.

Date: 28 April 2015

Time: 11am - 12pm EDT



Webinar - Invest in Women's Rights to Health

May 19, 2015
Danielle Leavy

Principle 3 of the Women’s Empowerment Principles encourages companies to ensure the health, including sexual and reproductive health, of all workers. Investing in women’s health not only benefits employees and surrounding communities, but it can also have a positive social and economic effect on the private sector. In ensuring that workers have safe working conditions and available health services, companies establish healthier staff, better relationships, and in many cases higher Return-on-investment (ROI). Following the newly released Call to Action: Investing in Women's Right to Health, this webinar, hosted by the WEPs Secretariat, will highlight policies, practices and strategies that businesses are undertaking to meet the responsibility to respect women’s health and actions that are supporting women’s health. 

Date: Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

Please join us and register here!

Webinar- Providing Decent Work for Young Workers, Parents and Caregivers

May 26, 2015

Principle 3 of the Children's Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) indicates that all businesses should provide decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers. This webinar will explore how companies can commit to supporting children’s rights by paying particular attention to the rights of young workers -  who are above the minimum age of employment - as well as parents and caregivers. The discussion will look at what kind of support companies can provide to implement Principle 3, including provisions of safe working conditions for young workers, paid leave, breastfeeding and child care facilities, agile working hours, and the benefits of providing such support. The webinar will also include specific examples from business. This webinar, co-hosted by UNICEF, UN Global Compact and Save the Children, closely aligns with the WEPs Principles. 


Date: Tuesday 26 May

Time: 8:00 am EST


Webinar- WEPs Signers Can Now Share Progress on Gender Equality through the UN Global Compact’s Communication on Progress

June 09, 2015

In an effort to help companies implement Principle 7 and report on gender, WEPs signers that are also UN Global Compact business participants have the benefit of sharing their progress through their annual UN Global Compact's Communication on Progress (COP) by answering four new gender-specific questions.   Join us for a webinar that will explain the process for submitting a COP, present the new gender specific questions and provide an opportunity for WEPs signatories to ask questions to the WEPs and UN Global Compact Reporting teams. This webinar will also showcase gender equality reporting trends and good practices. 

To register please click here.  

Date: Tuesday 9 June 2015

Time: 10:00 am EST

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

June 12, 2015
Bunkyo City, Tokyo
ONISHI Sachiyo

This forum, organized by the Global Compact Research Center, Japan, in cooperation with Bunkyo City, Tokyo, will introduce the Women's Empowerment Principles and other global initiatives related to business and human rights to the Japanese business community. The forum will explain 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. (1) the GCRC website (2) Bunkyo City, co-sponsor, website

Commonwealth Businesswomen Academy Launch

June 12, 2015

Nairobi in Kenya hosts the launch of the Commonwealth Businesswomen Academy as a direct response to the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2013 when Heads ‘reaffirmed the importance of supporting women’s leadership, including in enterprise... and called for...capacity building to advance women’s entrepreneurship.’  This was echoed only a few days ago in the G7 Declaration in June 2015. Following extensive consultation with women in business, the private sector and policy-makers, three modules now form the foundation for the Academy -  procurement, entrepreneurship and women on boards delivered by leading global providers. This has been developed from the Commonwealth Agenda for Women’s Economic Empowerment which aligns WEPs Principles 1, 4, 5, and 7.

Bringing Life to the Women's Empowerment Principles

June 17, 2015

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) in partnership with UN Women is convening a breakfast meeting entitled “Bringing Life to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)”. The half-day event will focus on how inclusive business strategies and practices drive change towards realizing the WEPs – a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact. Bringing together business leader’s and representatives from a wide range of sectors including civil society, government and academia, the event will show case innovative approaches that the private sector is taking to overcome challenges to achieve gender equality in the workplace, market place and community. The event will also encourage CEOs of companies to show their commitment to the WEPs by taking the first step and signing on to the CEO statement of support.


20th Soroptimist International Convention

July 09, 2015 - July 12, 2015

Soroptimists will hold its 20th International Conference in Istanbul, Turkey to explore the progress made to women’s empowerment, along with the challenges and work that still needs to be done.  The conference will discuss topics such as women’s access to education, policies tackling human trafficking and violence, responsible leadership, and the role companies can play through voluntary corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Ursula Wynhoven, General Counsel and Chief, Governance and Social Sustainability, United Nations Global Compact, will represent the UN Global Compact and the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) on the Educate to Lead: Far We've come, Far We Need to Go panel, and discuss how the WEPs can be used as a tool to advance private sector action to achieve gender equality and help companies recognize their roles in respecting and supporting human rights.


Webinar- Inclusive Sourcing: Good for Business and Good for Sustainable Development

August 13, 2015

Companies have a unique opportunity to advance economic development through their supply chains by promoting human rights and offering equal opportunity for men and women to develop business solutions that reflect the demographics of the communities in which the company serves.  Ensuring women have an equal opportunity to compete through inclusive sourcing policies and practices makes good business sense and is a key pillar of sustainable procurement.  Join the International Trade Centre and UN Global Compact for a webinar that will explore the business case for inclusive sourcing and learn about concrete opportunities such as the Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum that facilitate the execution of business relationships between global supply chains and women entrepreneurs.  The discussion will be grounded in Principle 5 of the Women's Empowerment Principles (a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact) which encourages companies to expand their business relationships with women-enterprises.


Date: 13 August 2015

Time: 10am - 11am EDT


Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF)

September 02, 2015 - September 03, 2015
São Paulo
Join the WEPs at the WVEF in São Paulo, Brazil in September to expand business relationships with pre-selected women-owned enterprises.  This global event, organized by the International Trade Centre and APEX-Brasil and supported by the UN Global Compact, UN Women, WEConnect, BPW 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: coffee, services, and information technology and business process outsourcing (IT/BPO). 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 particpate as a buyer!
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 (

Equality Means Business: Women's Empowerment Principles in Practice

September 08, 2015
New Delhi

Co-hosted by the United Nations Global Compact and Global Compact Network India and supported by four champion companies (BNP Paribas, Deloitte, HCL Technologies, Sodexo), the event will bring together inspiring leaders from business, government, civil society and academia for a unique exchange on the essential role that business can and must play to realize gender equality and achieve sustainable development.  Guided by the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), participants will reflect on progress made and establish an action agenda for gender equality in India to strengthen private sector contributions to the sustainable development goals.

Male Middle Managers as Gender Inclusive Leaders

September 14, 2015
London, United Kingdom

Please join us to find out how male middle managers can support gender parity. Particularly aligned with WEPs Principle 1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality, Professor Elisabeth Kelan will share the insights of her latest report on how male middle managers can be gender inclusive leaders and support gender equality. The research is funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (MD130085). The Women in Norton Rose Fulbright (WiN) network is kindly hosting the launch event.

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2015 Summit of the Global Banking Alliance for Women

September 29, 2015 - October 01, 2015
São Paulo
Vanessa Van Landingham

The 2015 Summit of the Global Banking Alliance for Women will be held September 29 to October 1 at the São Paulo, Brazil, headquarters of Itaú Unibanco. The event will bring together bankers, government actors and thought leaders from around the world to network, share best practices and discuss the business case for elevating the female economy. The GBA’s flagship annual event, the Summit is the only conference that focuses exclusively on what financial institutions can do to drive women's wealth creation – in line with WEP Principle 5. Participants learn from the best Women's Market programs in the world how banks can effectively expand relationships with individual women clients and women SME owners, and support them with the financial access, education and networks they need to succeed. The Summit offers engaging best practice panels on all aspects of building a Women's Market program, including discussions on achieving internal alignment, the importance of Diversity & Inclusion, and innovations in overcoming traditional access barriers. The 2015 Summit will also feature a Study Tour to host Itaú Unibanco, where participants will see firsthand how the bank is supporting its women clients; a number of networking events; and a first-of-its-kind Global Data Symposium, which will examine the challenges and opportunities of banks' sharing top-line data on their outreach to women and women's contribution to banks' bottom lines. Attendance at the Summit is by invitation only. For more information, please contact us via email at



Economic Empowerment of Women – Unlock the Potential

November 09, 2015 - November 10, 2015
Organized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Women's World Banking, the Economic Empowerment of Women – Unlock the Potential conference followed the adoption of the G7 Leaders' Declaration which emphasized the need to scale up efforts to advance women's economic empowerment and called for companies worldwide to embrace the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs). The conference brought together over 250 international multi-stakeholder representatives to discuss how the economic empowerment of women can reduce poverty and inequality and contribute to sustainable economic growth. Participants worked to identify new and innovative ways to implement the SDGs and the WEPs through initiatives aimed at strengthening women worldwide and promoting opportunities for them to thrive at work.
Starting off the conference, the UN Global Compact, UN Women, and the Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN) held a WEPs Community in Practice Working Lunch where signatories discussed challenges and shared experiences and lessons learned regarding the implementation of the Principles with a special focus on WEPs Principle 5. Additionally, the second day of the conference included a WEPs Signing Ceremony where 15 new companies signed onto the WEPs.