Responding to requests from businesses that have signed the CEO Statement of Support and others, the UN Women and UN Global Compact partnership has produced a gender-specific guidance called The Women’s Empowerment Principles: Reporting on Progress. The guidance offers practical advice on how to report on implementation of each of the seven Women’s Empowerment Principles. It provides general reporting approaches and specific examples of disclosures and performance indicators for each Principle. Importantly, the guidance aligns with established reporting frameworks that businesses use such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and can be integrated into business’ UN Global Compact Communication on Progress (COP).
This guidance is for all businesses that recognize the value of applying a gender lens to their corporate sustainability agenda and are committed to the goals of the WEPs. For seasoned business that already report to their stakeholders through the Global Compact’s Communication on Progress and/or other corporate sustainability reporting mechanisms, including in the form a GRI Sustainability Report, it is hoped that this guidance will inspire a deeper look into the business and value-chain to identify gender-related risks and opportunities and to better understand the gender dimension and impact of current business policies and initiatives. For businesses that are new to corporate sustainability reporting or have yet to consider gender when collecting data and analyzing progress, the ideas embedded in this document will help make gender an integral component of new or existing corporate sustainability reporting efforts.
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The WEPs partnership gratefully acknowledges Ms. Katherine Miles, Senior Manager – Advisory Services, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young PvT Ltd, for leading the development of Reporting on Progress.This reporting guidance advances the implementation of all the Principles through the lens of Principle 7: Transparency, Measuring and Reporting and we thank Ernst & Young PvT Ltd for this contribution of expertise. Ernst and Young is a signer of the WEPs CEO Statement of Support.