WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES: Global Trends Report 2018

Roadmap for Business on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

There is growing evidence that women’s empowerment and gender equality has a multiplier effect on
families, communities, businesses and sustainable economies.

As the engine for jobs, innovation and investment, business has a critical role to play in advancing gender equality and empowering women to reach their full potential and has proven crucial to innovation, productivity and market growth.
To guide business on empowering women and advancing gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community, the UN Global Compact and UN Women developed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), launched in 2010. The Seven Principles offer a holistic framework based on real-life practices for business to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Beyond positive impacts for a company’s direct operations, implementing the WEPs contributes to a range of targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To date, over 1,800 CEOs from around the world have signed the CEO Statement of Support and have committed to continuous
leadership and improvement on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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