WEPs Calls to Action provide succinct guidance on advancing the seven principles by focusing in on particular challenges, opportunities and WEPs-related topics. They offer relevant facts and figures, good practices, the business case for action, and further resources that may be of assistance to companies seeking to implement the WEPs.
The WEPs Secretariat welcomes feedback on the below Calls to Action. Past Calls to Action are available as WEPs resources.
Principle 3 of the Women’s Empowerment Principles encourages companies to ensure the health, including sexual and reproductive health, of all workers. Investing in women’s health not only benefits employees and surrounding communities, but it can also have a positive social and economic effect on the private sector. In ensuring that workers have safe working conditions and available health services, companies establish healthier staff, better relationships, and in many cases higher Return-on-investment (ROI). Discover strategies businesses can implement to respect and support women’s health, as well as find real life examples in our company annex. Read entire Call to Action.
Fostering women’s entrepreneurship is critical to achieving sustainable businesses, economic growth and to meet current and future sustainable development goals and targets. By leveraging the talents, skills and innovation of these women entrepreneurs, women can bring needed action to global challenges such as climate change and water scarcity. In support of the launch of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), 19 November 2014, the Women’s Empowerment Principles encourages companies to implement Principle 5 of the WEPS, which among other things calls on business to expand inclusive sourcing practices and support women entrepreneurship, and pledge their support to women- owned businesses and or for an individual women entrepreneur. Read entire Call to Action.
Companies and organizations are making tremendous strides in creating policies that support inclusive and diverse environments; however data shows that women, as well as other minority groups such as ethnic and/or racial minorities, persons with disabilities etc… continue to be underrepresented and face barriers to achieving their full potential. While there are several factors that contribute to this global reality, one factor that is often overlooked is the need to address unconscious biases and implicit associations that can form an unintended and often an invisible barrier, restricting a company’s gender equality policies and programmes from reaching their intended mark. To achieve truly inclusive business environments the WEPs call on companies to take steps to uncover, raise awareness about, address and reduce unconscious biases throughout their organization, including at the management and leadership levels. Read entire Call to Action.
For additional free resources on unconscious bias please click here.
Is it possible that unconscious bias is hindering efforts within your company to advance gender equality and implement the Women's Empowerment Principles? The first step to addressing unconscious bias is to uncover implicit associations that may be hindering efforts to advance gender equality in your organization. Check out the Implicit Association Tests developed by Diverseo in support of the WEPs to help companies uncover unconscious bias. Take these free and confidential tests yourself and challenge your colleagues to do the same.
The WEPs Secretariat appreciates the support of Diverseo and welcomes other partners working on this and other critical issues to align with and support the WEPs.
Seeking Company Examples
Sharing good practices is a key to the WEPs growth. Help us spread your good practices: what steps has your business taken to advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and/or community?
The WEPs Secretariat invites companies to share concrete examples of efforts to empower women and advance the goals of the WEPs. Please send a 150-250 word description to the WEPs team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Examples submitted will be added to the Business Practice section.
In an effort to promote good practices and raise awareness of the importance of measuring and reporting on gender, the WEPs team is collecting examples of how companies are integrating gender into existing reporting or communications to stakeholders. Examples will be featured on the official WEPs website. WEPs Principle 7 encourages all WEPs signers to incorporate gender markers into ongoing reporting obligations and a gender specific reporting guidance, The Women’s Empowerment Principles: Reporting on Progress, has been developed by the WEPs Secretariat to assist. To learn more or submit your example, please contact the WEPs Secretariat.
Global Consultation on Addressing Inequalities
This multi-stakeholder consultation, co-convened by UNICEF and UN Women and sponsored by the Governments of Denmark and Ghana, is an open and inclusive conversation for represenatives of civil society, academia, governments, business and the UN to discuss what the Post-2015 development agenda should look like. The Women's Empowerment Principles community is encouraged to contribute to this important dialogue and help highlight the important role of the private sector in advancing women's empowerment and achieving gender equality. Learn more here.