Women’s Empowerment Principles Awards
For exemplary practice embracing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).
Has your company signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) CEO Statement?
*Note: If you are shortlisted for the final round of judging, your company must become a signatory by signing the WEPs CEO Statement of Support and submitting the online application form at least 10 days prior to the date of the awards ceremony. Visit www.weps.org for more information. *
Leadership Commitment and Action (Aligned to WEP 1)
This category recognizes leaders (aged 35 and above) in corporations who have been instrumental in setting strong corporate commitments inclusive of progressive polices, regulations or practices that aim to promote gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and/or community.This may include company leaders taking specific roles and responsibilities in promoting gender equality within the company and making public commitments or delivering gender sensitive messages to the public.
This special category will recognize youth leaders (under the age of 35 at the time of application)who have made significant contributions to promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and/or community. This category will be highlighted in alignment with UN Women’s global Generation Equality campaign, which was
launched in 2020 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and has a strong focus on intergenerational and youth engagement to advance gender equality. Awardees in this category could be a young entrepreneur who developed products and services to advance gender-equality, initiated gender actions to lead their company towards becoming a more gender-inclusive workplace and/or
creating a more gender-inclusive supply-chain or market-place, young leaders of start-ups that are promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, or young employees who actively promote gender equality within their organizations.
Gender-inclusive Workplace (Aligned to WEPs 2,3)
This award recognizes achievements that corporations have demonstrated in adopting relevant gender-inclusive measures in the workplace.This may include innovative approaches to equal recruitment, support to provide flexible work arrangements, addressing specific needs of female and male employees,transformational initiatives to support family responsibilities of female and male employees to address the unequal care burden,and accelerative actions to guarantee the safety and well-being of female and male employees,accelerating progress towards equal pay, and promote women’s career development and leadership.
Gender-responsive Marketplace (Aligned to WEPs 4,5)
This category recognizes corporations for embracing a gender-lens throughout their value-chains from sourcing to disposal. This may include championing supplier diversity, gender-inclusive distribution and selling and gender responsive marketing and advertising.It may include supporting women entrepreneurs through capacity development or market access opportunities, implementing progressive programs and/or policies to incentivize procurement from women-owned businesses or other gender-responsive companies. This category will also award actions and programs that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in advertisements and other sales and marketing activities.
Community Engagement and Partnerships (Aligned to WEP 6)
This category recognizes corporate champions that promote gender equality through community engagement and partnerships.This engagement may include integrating gender equality into their sustainability strategies, CSR or philanthropy programs, and especially supporting and collaborating withNGOs, international organizations, or other organizations committed to promoting gender equality within wider communities. Beyond community engagement, this category will also award actions to promote transformational action or systemic change through partnerships. This can include individual companies participating in any advocacy or multi-stakeholder platforms to promote gender equality, such as the Unstereotype Alliance, or also Industry Associations, Chambers of Commerce, and Stock Exchanges working with others working to promote change within and industry or among a large group of companies.
Transparency and Reporting (Aligned to WEP 7)
Tracking performance and progress towards gender equality and women’s economic empowerment is a core value of the WEPs since it allows companies to uphold their commitments to gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community. This category recognizes commitment to transparency and reporting of gender data that goes beyond minimum requirements and seeks to measure, analyze and report on performance of their gender policies and practices across the value chain. The category will reward companies and organizations that have accountability frameworks in place and have set targets and consistently reported and taken steps to improve their performance on gender indicators (i.e. recruitment and retention, women in management). This category may also be awarded to companies conducting an audit and analysis of a particular gender-related issue, such as the gender pay gap, or also to companies committing to increase the number of gender indicators they publicly report on each year. In addition, this category may be highly relevant for Industry Associations and Stock Exchanges integrating more gender criteria into their sustainability and/or reporting criteria.