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Collaborative Initiatives

Business Action for Women

A coalition of business leaders driving progress for women



Women’s empowerment is widely recognized as a critical pillar of sustainable global development. The Sustainable Development Goals have placed women’s empowerment at the top of the global development agenda, both through Goal 5 and as a catalyst to achieving each of the other 16 goals. In particular, women’s economic inclusion is seen as a pathway to large-scale poverty alleviation and wide-ranging improvements in health and social development for individuals, families, communities, and countries.

Evidence is also mounting that investing in women can improve business performance. Many studies have demonstrated the market opportunity women represent as suppliers, consumers, and workers in the global economy, as well as the benefits of increasing gender diversity among employees, management, and leadership.

With this backdrop, companies are increasingly dedicating resources and setting public commitments to women’s progress. However, there is little evidence that these investments are having the desired impact, little data exists on what is working and what is not, and very few programs have presented cross-industry solutions or opportunities to scale.

The challenges facing women globally and the potential benefits for business are too large to address through siloed efforts focused on individual aspects of women’s empowerment. There is much more the business community can achieve by working together to harness the potential presented by women’s advancement. 

Download an overview of the Business Action for Women Collaborative Initiative.

Our Focus

Business Action for Women is a leading coalition of companies committed to achieving progress for women globally. This network will inspire ambition, increase impact, and catalyze scalable corporate solutions to support women’s global progress. 

Why Join

  1. Contribute to developing a call to action for global businesses on women’s empowerment.
  2. Identify how your company can leverage its full value chain, peers, and strategic partners to make the greatest contribution to women’s progress.
  3. Set meaningful collective commitments and take concrete, measurable actions toward those goals.
  4. Collaborate with peers and other stakeholders, including women’s funds and grassroots organizations, to leverage learnings and assets and identify scalable solutions to address shared challenges.
  5. Launch a virtuous circle of benefits for women and for business.

Our Approach

A business call-to-action on women’s empowerment will align companies around an aspirational vision and the desired outcomes for this group, and a shared measurement framework will enable companies to measure individual and collective impact. 

Three Action Clusters will drive focused multistakeholder and cross-sector action and connect companies to scalable solutions around three critical women’s empowerment issues:

  • Advancing Women in the Supply Chain
  • Empowering Women to Lead on Climate-Resilient Agriculture
  • Eliminating Gender-Based Violence


In Partnership With

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands

Our Insights

on Business Action for Women

Business Action for Women


Addressing Women’s Empowerment Is Key to Sustainability: BSR’s Strategy for Business Action

With the publication of the first UN High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment report, we are pleased to launch a new BSR practice to catalyze effective and ambitious business action on women's empowerment.

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Business Action for Women


Women’s Empowerment in Global Value Chains: A Framework for Business Action

This report, written by BSR with support from Women Deliver and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, examines how to create business opportunities that accelerate women's health, rights, and well-being in global value chains.

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Business Action for Women


From Women’s Economic Participation to Empowerment: Insights from Ghana

We recently traveled to Ghana to explore the role the private sector can play in advancing women's economic empowerment in the country. Here are the five key findings of our research.

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Meet the Team


New York

Elisa Niemtzow

Elisa Niemtzow

Managing Director



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Contact the Business Action for Women team with any questions.