The WEPs team is grateful to the following organizations for their generous support. To learn more about 2014 opportunities to support the WEPs initiative, click here.
Calvert Investments is an investment management company that is a leader in sustainable and socially responsible investing through fund management expertise with a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis. As part of this approach, Calvert engages companies in strategic dialogues to strengthen corporate responsibility, including several gender-based advocacy initiatives. In 2004, Calvert launched the Calvert Women’s Principles as the first global corporate code of conduct focused exclusively on empowering, advancing and investing in women worldwide. Through collaborations with the UN Global Compact and UNIFEM, the Calvert Women’s Principles became the basis for the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, which launched in 2010. Calvert CEO Barbara Krumsiek serves on the Leadership Group for the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles. Calvert remains a leader in investing in women and promoting gender parity worldwide. Learn more at calvert.com/women.
Access Bank Plc headquartered in Nigeria is a leading African financial services group operating through service outlets in major centers across Sub Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom. The Bank has incorporated the need to support women development as an economic tool for gender transformation in its business objective.
Consequently, the Bank has created a platform “Gender Empowerment Programme” that allows enterprising women grow and develop their businesses. Under this initiative, Access Bank has provided women with the needed resources to grow their businesses including capacity building, advisory services, funding and market collaborations. The Bank has trained over 500 female entrepreneurs and additional 3,500 women have benefitted from the initiative.
Access Bank believes that its diversity profile across levels should reflect commitment to women economic development. Accordingly, the Bank launched a female network to provide female employees opportunities and tools required to assume leadership roles within the organization.
Diverse organizations are stronger. They can draw on countless skills. They can innovate better. They can team more effectively. That is why strength from cultural diversity is one of the Deloitte network’s core values and represents enormous opportunities for member firm people, clients, and organization. More than 30 years ago, Deloitte member firms around the world started to take action to support diversity and inclusion in the workplace and have gained recognition as leaders in business and social change.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited is a founding signatory to the UN Global Compact and CEO Statement of Support for the WEPs. Additionally, Wendy Schmidt, Partner, Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP in the United States serves on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) Leadership Group. The WEPs are a means to further underscore the Deloitte network’s commitment to promote gender equality throughout its member firms and communities worldwide.To see how the Deloitte network builds strength through diversity and the WEPs, visit www.deloitte.com/diversity.
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 our Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,300 franchised and company-operated stores. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2012 net revenues were $4.6 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.
Our company enjoys a distinguished history of standing up for equality, civil rights and social justice on behalf of our employees and our partners. Our efforts extend well beyond the factory floor. Through our pioneering spirit, our bold public policy leadership, and our innovative grant-making and community engagement, we aspire to change how the world works.
Women make up three-quarters of the global garment workforce and more than two-thirds of the factory workers in our supply chain. We do not view these women as merely workers. We see in them critical agents of change — change within our industry and in their communities stretched around the globe.