About Us


The Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Secretariat is grateful to the following organizations for their generous support. To learn more about 2015 opportunities to support the WEPs initiative, click here.





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.


Fundación Angélica Fuentes is a private foundation dedicated to the integral empowerment of young and adult women and girls through the strengthening and funding of organizations, and through individual scholarships for the development of transcendental leadership and social change.

Our vision is to be the leading Foundation in the promotion of the integral empowerment of women, to generate their participation, development and transcendental leadership in the economic, political, social, and cultural spheres.

The focus and line of action of the foundation is the empowerment of women and the formation of an important legacy of transformation and empowerment of women.


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






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.


PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate.


PROYA Cosmetics Co., Ltd. is a Chinese leading cosmetics company which specializes in R&D, production and sales of cosmetics. Since its establishment in 2003, PROYA has borne "Beautiful life, wonderful living" as its mission statement and boasts a quality-oriented marketing philosophy. By utilizing an advanced marketing model combined with an accurate grasp, PROYA has maintained stable and rapid growth, and at present, claims ownership to several brands, including "PROYA", "UZERO", "ANYA", "YOYA" and "O’LAXSN”. Furthermore, PROYA has developed hundreds of products for beauty-conscious consumers. PROYA is certainly one of China’s top performing cosmetics enterprises.