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Women’s Empowerment Principles Noted for Advancing Decent Working Conditions, Equal Opportunities for Women

Posted on 02/02/2012

(New York, 2 February 2012) – On the first anniversary of UN Women, the organization’s executive director Michelle Bachelet highlighted its increased interaction with the private sector, particularly through the Women’s Empowerment Principles that guide companies in creating better and more equitable conditions for women.

Developed by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, 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. 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 through an international multi-stakeholder consultation process that commenced in 2009.

“So far 257 CEOs have committed to the Women’s Empowerment Principles to advance decent working conditions and equal opportunities for women,” said Ms. Bachelet.

In an effort to bolster high-level corporate leadership for gender equality, top executives of Global Compact companies are invited to sign a CEO Statement of support for the Women's Empowerment Principles. By signing the Statement, CEOs can demonstrate leadership on gender equality and women’s empowerment and encourage fellow business leaders to do the same.

Ms. Bachelet’s remarks were made as part of a press conference marking the completion of the first year of UN Women, in which she called for galvanizing greater commitment and action for women and gender equality, as political and economic upheaval threaten progress on women’s rights.

“My top priority for 2012 will be to make a renewed push for women’s economic empowerment and political participation. This is in response to women’s demands and also to recent events, to the transformations taking place in the political, social and economic spheres,” said Ms. Bachelet.

For more information about the Women’s Empowerment Principles and the Gender Equality for Sustainable Business: 4th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles Event, click here.


Ursula Wynhoven
UN Global Compact