Tools and Resources

WEPs Materials

WEPs Video

The WEPs video, Equality Means Business, features compelling business leaders and others from around the world who make the case for implementing the 7 Principles and the importance of realizing gender equality. To share the WEPs Video with your network or screen either the short (2.46 min) or long version (5.46 min) at your next event click:  Short Version | Long Version
To receive an electronic copy of the video, please contact the WEPs team.

CEO Statement of Support

The CEO Statement of Support encourages business leaders to use the seven Women’s Empowerment Principles as guide posts for actions that advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community, and communicate progress through the use of sex-disaggregated data and other benchmarks. Signers underscore that equal treatment of women and men is not just the right thing to do — it is also good for business and needs to be a priority. Learn more.

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WEPs Booklet

This brief publication highlights why Equality Means Business, providing context for the WEPs initiative and outlining each of the Principles in more detail.  Additionally, it highlights current business practices that advance the WEPs and companies’ goals, summarizes reporting tips to help any business get started on the path, provides facts and figures and defines gender terms.

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Companies Leading the Way

Identifying the importance of gender equality to the business case, companies around the world have taken steps to advance and empower women. To view concrete business examples and actions, click here.

WEPs Reporting Guidance

Principle 7: Transparency, Measuring and Reporting provides companies with added incentives to publicly report on progress towards their gender equality plan. The WEPs Reporting Guidance is a road map for how to acquire data and set benchmarks along the WEPs 7 Principle areas and also includes key references from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to encourage integrating this material into existing reporting activities. Learn more.

Making the Connections: Women, Corporate Sustainability and Sustainable Development

This paper explores the linkages between gender equality, corproate sustainabililty and sustainable development, and provides concrete examples of how companies are placing women's empowerment at the heart of coporate sustainability initiatives to ensure that they reach their intended mark. View the paper. To recommend a company example to add to this paper, email the WEPs team.

Women's Empowerment Principles, the UN Global Compact and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights - Explanatory Note

This brief explanatory note explains the relationship between the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), the UN Global Compact and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Webinar- The Business Case for Women's Employment

Empowering women to participate in full and productive employment is essential to expand economic growth, promote social and sustainable development and enhance business performance. However, the positive impacts of women-focused employment practices on firms, communities and the economy are often under appreciated. Co-hosted by the UN Global Compact, the International Finance Corporation, and the International Labour Organization, this webinar presents the latest research on the business case for gender diversity in the workplace. The discussions highlight the key challenges and opportunities for advancing women’s employment and retention and present key engagement opportunities to further promote gender equality including the Women's Empowerment Principles and WINvest.

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Webinar - Inclusive Sourcing: A Key Pillar of Sustainable Procurement

Co-convened by the UN Global Compact, the International Trade Centre, WEConnect International and BPW International, this webinar explores the "why" and "how" of sourcing from women-owned businesses. Principle 5 of the Women's Empowerment Principles, which encourages companies to expand their business relationships with women-owned businesses provides the foundation to explore why inclusive sourcing makes good business sense and is a key pillar of sustainable procurement.

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Webinar - Business and Women's Health

This webinar introduces examples of innovative approaches to empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community by focusing on women's health initiatives in the private sector. These inspirational examples illustrate some of the concrete ways in which companies can and are taking action to implement the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

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Webinar - Diversity and Gender Equity as an Investment Opportunity: Progress and Impact of the Women's Empowerment Principles

Companies and investors alike have been paying increasing attention to the business case for having robust diversity and gender equality policies and practices. This webinar brings together Global Compact participants and signatories of Principles for Responsible Investment to take stock of the growth and impact of the Women's Empowerment Principles initiative to date. To highlight the investment opportunity of gender equity, Catalyst, a leading nonporfit organization working to expand opportunities for women and business, presents cutting-edge research that supports the business case and Pax World Investments and Calvert Investments, investment management companies, discuss how the investor community can help advance gender equality and women's empowerment by encouraging companies to embrace the WEPs.

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Webinar - Women Workers: Health, Wealth, and the Future of Corporate Well-being

Co-hosted by the UN Global Compact, UN Women, GBCHealth and the RAISE Health Initiative, this webinar will explore leading practices in meeting the health needs of women workers in the workplace of supplier factories and corporate subsidiaries. It will feature a panel discussion describing activities that can enable companies to achieve gender-specific development goals and to respect and support human rights. These include the Family Planning 2020 Goals, the Millennium Development Goals, Women’s Empowerment Principles and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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