The Women's Empowerment Principles is a global partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact. In countries around the world, UN Women regional and country offices, Global Compact Local Networks, UN Women National Committees, governments and civil society organizations, among others, collaborate to raise awareness about the WEPs and support local businesses in their efforts to implement the Principles. The resources below have been developed at the local level to advance the WEPs.
Women's Empowerment Principles Around the World - Taking Hold: WEPs Champions and Coalitions Grow
From 39 CEO Champions in June 2010 to nearly 700 CEOs from more than 50 countries in March 2014, signals the staying power of the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business. Read how Vietnam, Pakistan, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Ukraine, Switzerland, Turkey, India, Serbia, Mexico and other champions are advancing the 7 Principles and showcasing the importance and need for gender equality in business, academia, civil society, the UN and Governments. Read full article here.
What do Switzerland, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, India, Iceland, Paraguay, Brazil, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Lebanon and South Africa have in common? Stakeholders in each country have begun to use the Women’s Empowerment Principles—Equality Means Business as a platform to work with business to advance gender equality. Read full article here.
The joint publication, "Why Business Should Care," by Global Compact Network, India and Care India, is an introductory resource that specifically applies the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) to the business environment in India. The primer is a collection of self-assessment tools, practical case studies and specific initiatives that highlight WEPs implementation strategies.
To measure WEPs implementation and performance in Japan, the Global Compact Research Center (Japan) creates a national survey for WEPs Japanese participants. The survey, "Enhancing Businesses through WEPs Support," aims to identify the current situation of WEPs participants and future steps for promoting and engaging the WEPs further in Japan. The results, which were taken from responses of 50 Japanese WEPs member-companies, highlight WEPs implementation trends and challenges, company impacts from gender equality initiatives and next steps to further integrate women’s empowerment into corporate sustainability strategies.
To support companies to critically assess their policies and practices from the perspective of equal opportunities and non-discrimination and to make gender equality core to their business strategy, UN Women Serbia translated the WEPs Reporting Guidance into Serbian and supported development of a comprehensive self-assessment tool that can help companies assess the current state of affairs with regards various aspects of gender equality and how further progress can be made. The assessment tool is based on the Women's Empowerment Principles booklet. It includes: Guiding notes for each of the seven WEPs that help companies understand the intent and meaning of each principle; Suggestion on what more companies can do to perform better under each of the principles, and Best Practice Examples which have been gathered from leading organizations around the world which are already putting in practice the WEPs and which can inspire some new ideas about how to achieve gender equality.
Domestic violence is a serious problem throughout Ecuador affecting 6 out of 10 women over age 15. This publication of the Consorcio Ecatoriano para la Responsabilidad (CERES) in collaboration with Expoflores and ConVoMujer puts forth 19 guidelines for companies to achieve a workplace free of violence against women. The guidance correlates directly to meeting indictors of ISO 26000, SA 8000, UN Global Compact and GRI as well as the International Declaration of Human Rights.
Slide presentation from the Universidad de San Martín de Porres summarizing the economic impacts of violence against women in Peru and Ecuador. The presentation details how the diverse types of violence directly relate to negative economic impacts for companies, SMEs and micro-enterprises.
The WEPs Brazil Award recognizes institutions that promote a culture of and environment with gender equality in their organization. Based on the WEPs Leadership Awards, the WEPs Brazil Award seeks to promote gender equality amongst Brazilian companies of all sizes and sectors. The WEPs signatory, Itaipu Binancional, received the 7 Principles - WEPs Leadership Award 2013 and became inspired to create the WEPs Brazil Award. The initiative was approved by the WEPs Secretariat in New York City and the first ever WEPs Brazil Award was launched on 31 March 2014. Read the meeting report in Portuguese, press realease in Portuguese or English, and view photos of award recipients.