Financing and Support Resources for Women

Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment:
The United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles

All businesses stand to benefit from greater equality for women. The SSFPA has adopted the Women’s Empowerment Principles – joining over 3,000 other business leaders around the world who have done so. You can use these Principles to empower women in the workplace, marketplace, and community. Subtitled Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Take action across all seven Principles:
> 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

These principles are the result of collaboration between the UN Global Compact and UN Women, and are adapted from the Calvert Women’s Principles®. They are informed by real-life business practices and input gathered from across the globe. These Principles also can inform other stakeholders, including governments, as they engage with business.