Women’s Empowerment Principles

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) is a joint initiative between UN Women and the UN Global Compact, offering businesses a set of practical guidelines to empower women in the workplace.

WEPs were launched internationally in 2010 and launched in the UK in April 2012. They mark the start of positive transformations not only in the overall workforce but in the global economy.

The seven key principles,  listed on the right, are actively being implemented by companies around the world to promote gender equality in the workplace.

For news on WEPs follow @WEPrinciples and #strategy4change on Twitter.

Good Practice Examples

Diverse companies with diverse business outputs have all committed to the Women’s Empowerment Principles knowing that it makes business sense to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality practices in the workplace.

PriceWaterhouseCooper – South Africa
The global banking provider has recently launched the A.W.A.R.E PROGRAMME – which stands for Attract.Women.Advance.Retain.Empower – and is aimed at retaining the firm’s female talent through strengthened support into leadership positions for women.

Gap, Inc.
The leading international speciality retailer of clothing, accessories and personal care products has launched, in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), the P.A.C.E programme. P.A.C.E stands for Personal Advancement, Career Enhancement and aims to empower female garment workers in India through access to key educational, life and workplace skills as well as leadership and job training so that women can progress into management positions.

Aviva UK
UK leading healthcare provider, AVIVA, actively invest in strengthening female talent management throughout the company with the recent development of their Reciprocal Mentoring Programme. The programme facilitates knowledge exchange between women employees at all levels of the organisation, both as a means of career advancement and to better respond to the needs of those female employees who face specific work-related barriers due to their sex.

See more examples here.

Become a UK Signatory

If you are a UK company interested in becoming a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles, please contact karen.parker@unwomenuk.org.

Listen to some of the companies who’ve signed up talk about the WEPs at the 5th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles Event:

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