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Support the WEPs Initiative

We welcome financial or in-kind contributions to help support the activities and growth of the Women's Empowerment Principles initiative at the global level. 

A variety of 2016 WEPs Annual Event Sponsorship Opportunities are available right now, bringing recognition throughout the two-day event, on electronic and on-site meeting materials and on the WEPs widely viewed website. See 2015 WEPs Annual Event sponsors and 2015 WEPs Annual Event.

The WEPs initiative expresses its deep appreciation to all sponsors and contributors and encourages WEPs companies to engage. To learn more about how your company can support, contact Lauren Gula (gulal@unglobalcompact.org). 


2015 Sponsors

The Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Secretariat is grateful to the below organizations for their generous support.


 Access Bank Plc is a commercial Bank that was incorporated in February 1989 and listed  on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1998. With a network of over 310 branches and service outlets located in Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom, the Bank has  over  6,000,000 customers and 800,000 shareholders. Access Bank has enjoyed what is arguably Africa's most successful banking growth trajectory in the last ten years and as at 2012 ranked amongst Africa's top 20 banks by total assets and capital. With a vision to be the World’s Most Respected African Bank, our mission is to set the standard for sustainable business practices which unleashes the talent of our employees, deliver superior values to our customers and provides innovative solutions to the markets and communities we serve. This is consistent with our promise of sustainable economic growth that is profitable, environmentally responsible and socially relevant.


 Itaipu Binacional is the largest producer of clean and renewable energy in the world, holding advanced programs in environmental stewardship, social responsibility and corporate governance. Itaipu launched the Incentive to Gender Equality Program in 2003 and was one of the first  companies in the world to sign the WEPs, in March 2010. That year, company promoted the launch of the WEPs in Brazil and Paraguay. In March 2013, Itaipu was awarded one of the five inaugural WEPs Leadership Awards. Based on its experience and in order to improve companies´  awareness on gender equality in Brazil, Itaipu launched the Prêmio WEPs Brasil 2014, in October, 2013. To learn more about Itaipu Binacional’s commitment to the WEP, read their Sustainability Report 2012.


SUTEKS is a an Istanbul based high-end international fashion producer founded in 1986 that is working mainly with partners in Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Sweden and the U.S.A through boutique chains, designers, brands and fashion retailers. Founded by prominent business executive and gender equality advocate Ms. Nur Ger, the company has established a customer base of 600.000 around the world annually. SUTEKS is also the first medium sized company in Turkey to join the Women's Empowerment Principles (2012) and was awarded by the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security as a best practice in the category of ''Social Gender Equality in Work Life'' the subsequent year. In 2013, as the Founder and President of SUTEKS, Ms. Ger received an honor roll designation by the WEPs Leadership Group. The company continues to grow based on notion to exceed the dreams of the clients, customers, collaborators, investors and employees while never compromising core values and ethics based on the pillars of humanity, creativity, teamwork, professionalism and reliability. Furthermore, given the labour intensive aspect of the fashion industry, SUTEKs has integrated labour and human rights policies in it's core business and is committed to advance the up-taking of the principles around the world.


 Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help our customers secure and manage their information against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently than any other company.  Symantec’s business success  is dependent on a constant stream of innovation, and women provide a unique and invaluable perspective that fosters innovation and strengthens our business. Symantec believes that building a pipeline for gender diversity in the workplace begins with making it clear that we are committed to the empowerment of women worldwide. Symantec is proud to be a signatory to the UN Global Compact and the UN Women/UN Global Compact CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs.  The Principles provide a framework to ensure that Symantec remains a place where innovative ideas can flourish, and where both women and men can have productive and satisfying careers.  To learn more about Symantec’s commitment to the WEP, read their Corporate Social Responsibility Report