Women’s Empowerment Principles: IntroductionMatthias StausbergHead of Public Affairs & Media RelationsUN Global Compact
BackgroundJoint, “50/50” partnership initiative of UN Women and the UNGlobal Compact Office*Elaborate the gender dimension of good corporatecitizenship, the UN Global Compact, and business role insustainable developmentTool for strengthened engagement / partnership withbusiness & the private sector by UN Women to advance itsmandate and support priority areas of workLaunched on International Women’s Day 2010 following ayear-long international, multi-stakeholder consultationprocess
Vision and Objectives• WEPs Vision: Transform corporate behaviour and practices and intentionally position gender equality and women’s empowerment as essential core business objectives.• WEPs Objective: Motivate and guide business to take wide ranging actions to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and to view such action as an integral and necessary part of corporate sustainability.
Women’s Empowerment Principles in Brief4. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.5. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination.6. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers.7. Promote education, training and professional development for women.8. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.9. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.10.Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.