The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) 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 Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact and are adapted from the Calvert Women’s Principles.
The development of the Women’s Empowerment Principles included an international multi-stakeholder consultation process, which began in March 2009 and culminated in their launch on International Women’s Day in March 2010.
Subtitled Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasise 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. The WEP seek to point the way to best practice by elaborating the gender dimension of corporate responsibility, the UN Global Compact, and business’ role in sustainable development.
As well as being a useful guide for business, the Principles seek to inform other stakeholders, including governments, in their engagement with business.
- Principle 1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
- Principle 2: Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination
- Principle 3: Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
- Principle 4: Promote education, training and professional development for women
- Principle 5: Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
- Principle 6: Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
- Principle 7: Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality
- Click here to view the WEPs video Equality Means Business, features compelling business leaders and others from around the world who make the case for implementing the 7 Principlesand the importance of realizing gender equality.
- CEO Statement in support of the WEPs: https://weprinciples.org/files/attachments/CEO_Statement_of_Support_Eng.pdf
- WEPs publication providing context for the WEPs initiative and outlining each of the Principles in more detail: https://weprinciples.org/files/attachments/EN_WEPs_2.pdf
- WEPs reporting guidance: https://weprinciples.org/files/attachments/38.pdf
- WEPs examples of companies leading the way on empowering women and achieving gender equality: https://weprinciples.org/Site/CompaniesLeadingTheWay/
The WEPs website also provides an initial mapping of relevant materials and resources compiled by Simpson and Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Click here to download.