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NFBPWC The National federation of Business and Professional Women has implemented the Women's Empowerment Principles - Equality Means Business. These principles are a partnership initiative of United Nations Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) to provide a "gender lens" through which business can survey and analyze current initiatives, benchmarks and reporting practices.  They have been created to help companies tailor existing policies and practices - or establish needed new ones - to realize women's empowerment.  Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors and throughout all levels of economic activity is essential to:

  • Build strong economies;
  • Establish more stable and just societies;
  • Achieve internationally-agreed goals for development, sustainability and human rights;
  • Improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities; and
  • Propel businesses' operations and goals.

 

WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES: EQUALITY MEANS BUSINESS

NFBPWC, an affiliate of BPW-International, supports this initiative of the United Nations Women and the United Nations Global Compact.

  1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
  2. Treat all women and men fairly at work - respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination.
  3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers.
  4. Promote education, training and professional development for women.
  5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.
  6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.
  7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.

So, what do these principles mean for members, friends and partners of EPW-USA? They mean, simply, that we believe companies in the 21st Century are ready and willing to take a stand for equality and are willing to review their practices and procedures to ensure that their business operations meet the seven principles.

We believe that business and industry, small and large, want to be informed and will tailor existing policies and practices - or create new ones - to ensure women's empowerment and equality. By design, these seven principles invoke the best interests of government(s) and civil society to bring fairness, equal treatment, safety, opportunity, and education into the working environment.

While much has been accomplished through the integration of principles and actions on corporate responsibility, diversity and inclusion, the full participation of women throughout the private sector - from CEO's office to the factory floor to the supply chain - remains unfulfilled. Current research demonstrating that gender diversity helps business perform better signals that self interest and common interest can come together. Equality does mean business.

How can you become involved?

We are seeking CEOs (owners, presidents, chairpersons, leaders) who believe in and support the "equality means business" concept. Internationally, CEOs are being encouraged to support the Women's Empowerment Principles with a statement of support that signals their intention to integrate and implement the principles in the boardroom, the workplace, and along the supply chain to the community. These are a voluntary expression of values that provide guidance for action in seven areas including:

    1. leadership
    2. equality
    3. health and safety
    4. education and training
    5. supply chain elements
    6. community leadership and transparency
    7. Measure and publicly report on progress

Will you be the next leader to sign the statement of support?  Go to:  http://unglobalcompact.org/Issues/human_rights/equality_means_business.html to find the downloadableCEO Statement of Support for the Women's Empowerment Principles, as well as,What Leaders are Saying about the Women's Empowerment Principles.