A Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

For immediate release

Date: 02 September 2014

New York —

More than 800 CEOs representing a global group of leading corporations from all sectors and regions have made a public commitment to support the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women, which is now the largest voluntary corporate platform to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Building on this momentum, the two partner organizations have appointed new co-chairs of the WEPs Leadership Group. As longtime champions of the WEPs and gender equality globally, Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and Joe Keefe, Chief Executive Officer of Pax World Funds, will provide high-level strategic advice to the initiative, which has grown enormously from the 39 original CEO signers of the WEPs CEO Statement of Support in 2010.

Speaking about the new appointments, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said, “Strong alliance with the private sector for women’s empowerment is a top priority for me. Elizabeth Broderick and Joe Keefe know so well how the business community, as employers and thought leaders, are on the front line of making the changes that will count in culture, recruitment, training and career structures for women.” She added, “The Women’s Empowerment Principles are the essential platform that will help us to tackle inequality and discrimination and drive inclusion and innovation.”

Read the full press release at The UN Global Compact: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/news/1211-09-02-2014

– See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/9/global-compact-press-release?utm_source=UN+Women+News&utm_campaign=5bb12e741d-RSS_EMAIL_WEEKLYUPDATES&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d4a1831698-5bb12e741d-83207601#sthash.3JZp3n1N.dpuf

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Womens Empowerment principles
Womens Empowerment principles

Women’s Empowerment Principles

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.

Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) was a UN Women and Global Compact which was launched in 2010. After Congress 2011 a meeting between President Carolyn Savage and UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand President Rae Julian began the New Zealand partnership.

The partnership extended to Dr Judy McGregor EEO Commissioner, Human Rights Commission and after the launch in February 2012 the EEO Trust joined our partnership.

New Zealand has now launched its first WEP’s newsletter, with special recognition to the CEO’s of the following corporations who have signed as of 29th August 2013.

New Zealand Signatories Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

  • 1. Heidrick & Struggles NZ
    2. The Warehouse
    3. Westpac NZ
    4. Alcatel Lucent NZ
    5. Price Waterhouse Coopers NZ
    6. SKYCITY Entertainment Group
    7. Vodafone NZ
    8. Z Energy
    9. Auckland Chamber of Commerce*
    10. ASB
    11. Bank of New Zealand
    12. Deloitte NZ
    13. Fujitsu NZ
    14. Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce*
    15. Coca-Cola Amatil
    16. Business NZ*
    17. Lane Neave*
    18. Kiwibank
    19. Methanex NZ
    20. Chambers Strategy and Communication
    21. Skope Industries
    22. Isaac Construction*
    23. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd
    24. The Otago Chamber of Commerce*
    25. Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern)*
    26. Bell Gully
    27. DLA Phillips Fox
    28. Mighty River Power
    29. Transpower
    30. Farmers Trading Company
    31. University of Waikato*
    32. BP New Zealand
    33. Waikato Chamber of Commerce*
    34. Waikato Regional Council*
    35. NZ Post
    36. Hamilton City Council*
    37. Opus International Consultants Ltd
  •  38. Chapman Tripp
  •  39. Sovereign Assurance
  •  40. SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team)
  •  41. Buddle Findlay

*Members only in NZ – they cannot be on the international register as they are not operational for-profit businesses.

Read the history from BPW International’s site here and their newly launched WEP’s site take a look. Go here to New Zealand’s site and read the stories to date.

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Women Empowerment Principles (WEP’S) – Equality Means Business

BPW NZ President, Carolyn Savage

Principle No. 1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
At the 19th July there was a reported 590 CEO’s Statement of Support Signatures from around the world and currently in NZ there are additional CEO’s considering signing.
To provide a Global perspective of the WEP’s programme the following extracts have been obtained from the Women’s Empowerment Principles website. For further information click http://www.weprinciples.org/

“Leadership Promotes Gender Equality

  • Affirm high-level support and direct top-level policies for gender equality and human rights
  • Establish company-wide goals and targets for gender equality and include progress as a factor in managers’ performance reviews
  • Engage internal and external stakeholders in the development of company policies, pro-grammes and implementation plans that advance equality
  • Ensure that all policies are gender-sensitive – identifying factors that impact women and men differently – and that corporate culture advances equality and inclusion.

Empowering women and achieving gender equality – the goals of the Women’s Empower-ment Principles – requires intentional actions and deliberate policies. The WEPs are based on concrete business practices and have inspired companies around the world to tailor existing policies and programmes – or establish needed new ones – to realize women’s empowerment.

What follows is a sampling of good practices gathered from online searches or submitted by UN Global Compact participants in response to our call to share actions and initiatives that their companies are undertaking to empower and advance women…..

Alcatel-Lucent is a global telecommunications company, headquartered in France, with operations in more than 130 countries. Alcatel-Lucent (NZ) were one of the first of the NZ CEO Signatories.

With over 75,000 employees within its operations, the company’s leadership has exhibited a commitment to women’s empowerment and equality. CEO Ben Verwaayen has signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles CEO Statement of Support and was also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Gender Parity Board for 2011-2012. The company has also set up a high-level Diversity Board to pursue equal opportunities. Alcatel-Lucent’s efforts also extend beyond promotion from high-level leadership and include efforts to increase the representation of women in management positions. The company has set a target of increasing women’s representation by 20% for 2012 and to support this endeavor, the company’s management committee and their teams have committed to sponsor, mentor or provide coaching to women in the company’s leadership pipeline to help prepare them for executive positions….”


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Kim Campbell (Employers & Manufacturers Association) with President Carolyn Savage
Kim Campbell (Employers & Manufacturers Association) with President Carolyn Savage

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Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

Presentation by Martin King, General Manager – HR, Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd.

“Women’s Empowerment Principles – from Promise to Practice” 
How a large manufacturing organisation is incorporating the WEPs into their business.

WEP Presentation 13 Feb

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BPWNZ President Carolyn Savage’s Women’s Empowerment Principles Presentation

Let’s do it!


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