(Sao Paulo, 30 March 2015)
─ For the first time, UN Women and Global Compact Network Brazil partnered to discuss progress and practices of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
. Recognizing that empowering women fuels thriving economies, over 70 business leaders, including those representing 26 WEPs signatory companies, met in Sao Paulo on 24 March to discuss the critical role that the private sector plays in achieving gender equality
Nadine Gasman, UN Women Brazil Representative, opened the meeting by emphasizing the importance of companies in achieving gender equality and the need to discuss race and gender together. Denise Hills, Global Compact Network Brazil Vice-President, remarked: “[Gender equality] is a question of balance. We must see it as an opportunity to include new ideas and talents in companies’ management.”
KPMG Brazil CEO Pedro Melo highlighted the importance of the CEO’s commitment to gender equality in the workplace, citing the 2014 study Winning hearts and minds – How CEOs talk about gender parity.
Other speakers included: Margaret Groff (Itaipu Binacional); Malu Nunes (Fundação Grupo Boticário); Flávia Venturoli Pettená (Dow); Simone Sarita Schaffer (Special Secretariat for Women´s Policies); Rodrigo Vianna (Talenses); and Andrea Weichert (EY).
The Women´s Empowerment Principles offer guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Launched in 2010, the principles are a joint initiative between UN Women and the UN Global Compact. There are currently 63 Brazilian companies
who have signed onto the WEPs.
Communications, Global Compact Network Brazil