Global Businesses are Making a Difference on SDG 5-Gender Equality

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Week 5 for SDG 5
Why Take Action on Goal 5?
The Global Challenge
Women and girls around the world struggle to exercise their rights, face discrimination and violence, receive unequal pay for equal work, and are underrepresented in power and decision-making roles. As entrepreneurs and workers, they are economically disadvantaged and face legal barriers. Empowering women strengthens democracy, contributes to innovation, and increases diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. It is key to attracting talent, thus advancing companies’ growth and competitiveness in the global marketplace.
Your Business Opportunity
Companies that focus on women’s empowerment show increases in productivity, organizational effectiveness, return on investment and consumer satisfaction. A growing number of business leaders are adapting their policies, programmes and initiatives to create environments where women and girls thrive. A March 2016 survey shows that investors are already supporting many of the SDGs, with 70% of respondents currently taking action on gender equality and empowering girls and women. We urge business leaders to help close gaps in opportunity for all women and girls, opening the doors of opportunity for women and for businesses everywhere.
 Register for GSC’s Upcoming Webinars
Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (Greyston Bakery)
April 13th, 10:00 am ET
Join GSC and the UN Global Compact to learn how sustainable supply chains contribute to the SDGs. This webinar will feature Greyston, America’s oldest leading social enterprise. Best known for Greyston Bakery, which produces brownies for Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods, Greyston provides employment opportunities to individuals regardless of background or work history. Register Here.
GSC 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program Report
June 8th, 12:00 pm ET
This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
Take Action on Goal 5 and Make a Difference
Identify Gender Equality Challenges in your Supply Chain
Closing Gender Pay Gap in U.S.: Sustainalytics
How prepared is your company for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new pay disclosure requirements? Read Sustainalytics’ report.
Profiting from Women in Leadership: Peterson Institute for International Economics
For firms in 91 countries, raising the share of women in leadership roles has increased profitability, according to a February 2016 working paper, which also recommends policies for businesses to adopt. Check the study’s results for the countries in your supply chain (starting on page 19).
Intel Women and the Web image Women and the Web: Intel
Intel commissioned a report on the internet gender gap and its consequences for women and society. With a focus on Egypt, India, Mexico, and Uganda, “Women and the Web” outlines women’s access to and use of the internet in low- and middle-income countries. Learn more about Intel’s She Will Connect program.
Gender Equality & Gender Development: UN Human Development Report
Consult the UN’s Gender Inequality Index (adolescent birth, seats in parliament, labor force participation, etc.) and the Gender Development Index (schooling, income, life expectancy, etc.) to see how each country ranks on key indicators of gender equality and empowerment of girls and women.
Make a Positive Impact: Align your Workplace with
Best Practices on SDG 5
UNGC WEPs image UN Global Compact
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Global Compact and UN Women, detail how business can advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The UN Global Compact also invites companies to adopt the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, which provide a framework for business to respect and support children’s rights, and were developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 5
ooredoo infographic

International communications company Ooredoo has outlined its commitments to the SDGs, highlighting the power of mobile broadband to enrich people’s lives. MayMay is a maternal healthcare app from Ooredoo to make useful information on maternal, child health and wellness readily available to women across Myanmar/Burma during and after pregnancy. The fathers’ program, “PhayPhay,” responds to the fact that many women access digital services through their husbands’ phones. Also in Myanmar, Ooredoo launched Geek Girls Myanmar to kick-start female participation in the country’s tech scene.

Coca-Cola has founded Queen Bee, a women’s beekeeping cooperative, to provide young women in Turkey with beehives and apiculture training to improve their production of honey and other honey products. Queen Bee is implemented by the Hisar Anadolu Support Association, under the “New World Program” of the UN Development Programme. New World supports projects aligned with the SDGs with a $4.75 million grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation and $875,000 from Coca-Cola Eurasia and Africa Group.
Return to Work image Morgan Stanley

A paid, 12-week internship allows experienced professionals to return to their profession after a career break, such as for having children. Learn more about Morgan Stanley’s Return to Work program.

This Action Plan addresses ways Nestlé works to improve livelihoods in the cocoa supply chain, including by: Promoting Equal Opportunities, Giving Women a Voice, Helping Increase Women’s Income.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
EWEC image Every Women Every Child
Every Woman Every Child is a global movement to mobilize and intensify action by governments, the UN, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents. Read about business’ commitments to EWEC.
L’Occitane Foundation
The L’Occitane Foundation is funding UN Women programmes aimed at improving the economic empowerment of women dairy entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso. It supports UN Women’s efforts to improve their access to resources to build businesses, increase the quantity and quality of dairy production, and influence supportive national policies and practices. Learn more.
Clinton Initiative: Parental Leave Video Working Parent Support Coalition
The Working Parent Support Coalition, the first of its kind, was announced at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in 2015. Founding members include the US-based divisions and subsidiaries of Barclays, Danone, Ernst & Young, KKR and Nestlé. Members have committed to parental workplace support practices such as longer paid parental leave and transition support training. The Coalition is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Cornell University.
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Download 17/17 Prospectus As a GSC member, you will gain global exposure for your sustainability efforts and benefit from the ability to demonstrate leadership, educate and inspire more action in sourcing, supply chains and procurement.
As part of your GSC membership, you will also have the opportunity to communicate your SDG support of the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs initiative and sponsor the 3S Awards.
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Highlight your Work for Women’s Empowerment in Sourcing:
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3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier providing opportunities for women and girls in your community? Do you know of others working for gender equality in their supply chains?

Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director
to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
SHE Video 2015 Winner: Empowered Women Award
In Rwanda, 18% of women and girls miss school and work because they can’t afford pads. Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) has found a solution: making pads locally and employing members of the community. SHE provides banana farmers with equipment and training to process banana fiber. Farmers sell the banana fiber to SHE, Rwanda, which processs the fiber at its community factory. The fiber gets cut, washed, dried, fluffed and assembled, and the pads are sold at affordable prices.
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Attend an Upcoming Event on Sustainable Business and SDGs
Join GSC Experts
  • UN Global Compact webinar with GSC: Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (April 13, virtual)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) event: Why are the SDGs Relevant for the Private Sector? (April 22, Geneva)
  • CSR Certificate Program (Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute (April 27-28, Newark, NJ)
  • CDP-GSC Webinar (June 8, virtual)
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