The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of a collaboration between the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM, part of UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact. The development of the Principles included an international multi-stakeholder consultation process, which was launched in March 2009.
Sub-titled Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe. Rather than being prescriptive or a new initiative to which business is asked to subscribe, the Women’s Empowerment Principles seek to point the way to best practice by elaborating the gender dimension of good corporate citizenship, the UN Global Compact, and business’ role in sustainable development. As well as being a useful guide for business, it is hoped that Principles will inform other stakeholders, including governments, in their engagement with business.
BPW Canada WEPs Initiative
The BPW Canada WEPs initiative begins with promoting awareness with our governmental representatives, business and civil society leaders. Members of Parliament who recognize that Canada’s economic outlook is closely tied to how effectively we leverage all of our national talent can play an important role in bringing about an “Equality Means Business” mindset in Canada. Companies and organizations across Canada can secure the brightest talent and gain a competitive edge by making it clear that Canada’s business leaders are informed Signatories to the WEPs Statement of Support. To learn more and to further promote the WEPs 7 principles in the Canadian workplace and in our executive boardrooms consider conducting consultations and/or sponsoring Women’s Empowerment events in your communities.
Want to learn More about WEPs?
The following resources have been approved by BPW International to promote the WEPs initiative in Canada. See how you can become a Signatory to the WEPs Statement of Support.
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