In 2011, UN Women and the UN Global Compact established a Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group (WEPs LG) to provide strategic guidance to the WEPs initiative. The WEPs LG is multi-stakeholder in composition, representing business, academia, civil society and women’s organizations and international institutions. In particular, the WEPs LG:
Provides advice to the WEPs Secretariat on growing the number of engaged businesses and their participation level;
Acts as WEPs champions and help to disseminate and promote their uptake by businesses around the world;
Advises the WEPs partnership on issues concerning the private sector and women’s empowerment, particularly WEPs implementation;
Brings diverse expertise and perspectives to emerging issues related to: (1) the business case and gender equality, (2) corporate sustainability and gender equality, (3) women’s economic empowerment and development.
WEPs Leadership Group Meeting on 5 March 2013
Elizabeth Broderick has a long history of raising the gender equality bar in Australia and beyond. In her role as Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth has been a key advocate for Australia’s national paid parental leave scheme and violence against women reforms. She has championed the changes to the Australian Securities Exchange Corporate Governance Council’s Diversity Principles and Recommendations which now require every publicly listed company to set measurable objectives for achieving gender diversity and report against them annually, and she has worked with the Australian Government to strengthen gender equality laws and agencies. In April 2010, Elizabeth was instrumental in bringing together some of Australia’s most influential and diverse male CEOs and Chairpersons to form the Male Champions of Change group. The group aims to use their individual and collective influence and commitment to ensure the issue of women’s representation in leadership is elevated onto the national agenda. In April 2011, the Government requested Elizabeth to lead the most significant cultural review of the Australian military, in relation to the treatment of women. She is also a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development. Elizabeth has helped to raise awareness of and promote implementation of the WEPs globally. See full bio here.
Joseph Keefe has been a long-time leader in the field of sustainable investing. Joe was one of the first CEOs in the world to endorse the WEPs and continues to champion the WEPs in his daily work through promotion and support of the initiative. In 2014, Joe was a recipient of a Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Award. Across all of its funds, Pax World withholds support from all-male corporate board slates, and actively engages with companies to embrace gender diversity on their boards. Pax World Funds include the Global Women’s Equality Fund (PXWEX), the only mutual fund in the United States focused on investing in companies that are global leaders in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.Most recently Pax World Funds announced the Pax Ellevate Global Women's Index which rates companies on a set of criteria that advances gender equality and women's empowerment. One of the criteria is if the company is a signatory of the WEPs. Joe's leadership has helped grown the WEPs initiative and bring gender equality discussions to the investment world. Read Joe's full bio here.