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Women’s Empowerment

We catalyze business action for women’s empowerment and deliver value for business by developing high-impact women’s empowerment strategies, driving progress for women in global supply chains, and tackling systemic challenges collaboratively.

Women’s Empowerment Overview


Our Objectives


Our focus on women’s empowerment is central to achieving our mission of creating a just and sustainable world. Business holds significant, untapped potential to contribute to women’s advancement and stands to benefit tremendously by ensuring women are empowered. BSR believes business has many opportunities to influence the status of women—through employment practices, sourcing, product and service development, partnerships, supplier relationships, and marketing campaigns.

 

Through our work with businesses, we aim to achieve progress for women so that they can:

  • Access the resources necessary to meet their needs and reach their potential. These include material resources (land, equipment, and finances), social resources (relationships, networks, and connections) and human resources (knowledge, skills, and creativity).
  • Have the agency to make decisions to shape their future. Agency is influenced by collective assets and capabilities, which include voice, organization, and identity.
  • Thrive in an enabling environment that businesses contribute to shape. This includes formal and informal laws, regulatory frameworks, and norms that govern behavior.


Business Benefits


Investing in women’s advancement presents many benefits to business:

 Innovation

  • Attract and retain new talent
  • Generate new product ideas and process improvements
  • Access and grow new supplier base

 Cost Savings and Productivity

  • Build a more resilient and inclusive supply chain
  • Increase productivity through access to essential resources
  • Reduce turnover and increase retention

 Market Growth

  • Access and grow new markets
  • Drive consumer loyalty
  • Enhance brand reputation


How We Work


Developing Impactful Strategies

We work with global businesses to develop a comprehensive overview of their performance on women’s empowerment, set priorities, and develop and execute a strategy that drives business success and women’s advancement, including through implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Driving Progress for Women in Supply Chains

Women represent a vast majority of workers in global supply chains, yet existing supply chain management systems do not adequately address their rights and needs. BSR works with companies to integrate gender into their supplier management systems and deliver impactful workplace programs focused on women’s health, financial literacy, and gender relations through HERproject.

Tackling Systemic Challenges

Very few corporate women’s empowerment programs offer opportunities to scale, and even fewer propose multi-stakeholder and cross-sector solutions. BSR’s Business Action for Women collaboration is a coalition of companies driving collective progress for women through a shared action framework.



Business Leadership


BSR has developed a framework for action that identifies three fundamental roles business can play individually or collaboratively to advance women’s empowerment:

  • Act by making decisions to advance women within their own operations. This includes developing gender-sensitive policies and guidelines, as well as developing effective programs related to recruitment and retention, procurement, product and services development, and corporate investments.
  • Enable by supporting the company’s business ecosystem to make similar women’s empowerment commitments. This includes partnering with NGOs, community organizations, and business partners to promote women’s empowerment in global supply chains and working with suppliers to build their capacity on women’s empowerment and develop supportive workplaces.
  • Influence by shaping public opinion and public policy to create an environment that supports opportunities for women’s advancement. This includes engaging in research, advocacy, and communications campaigns, as well as industry collaborations. 

Our Insights on Women’s Empowerment

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

Reports

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

The time is now for an overhaul of the social contract to address 21st-century realities and needs. A new social contract can deliver long-term value creation that enables economic security and mobility, is genuinely inclusive, and addresses challenges such as the transition to clean energy and the emergence of a digital world.

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Gender Equity in the Just Transition and the Shift to Green Jobs

Blog

Gender Equity in the Just Transition and the Shift to Green Jobs

As the energy transition becomes a reality, it is essential to build a shared understanding of what a sustainable, green workforce looks like and how women and men can benefit equally from this transition.

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Joining the UN Generation Equality Forum is Smart Business

Blog

Joining the UN Generation Equality Forum is Smart Business

The Generation Equality Forum (GEF) offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to come together to build an ambitious agenda to empower women and girls. BSR member PayPal discusses its role as a Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition Lead and what motivated it to take part in the Forum.

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Inside BSR: Q&A with Sethypong Sok

Blog

Inside BSR: Q&A with Sethypong Sok

This month's Inside BSR features Sethypong Sok, HERproject's country representative in Cambodia, and discusses his life, his work on women's empowerment, and his drive to lift fellow Cambodians out of poverty.

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Working Together to End Gender-Based Violence at the Generation Equality Forum

Blog

Working Together to End Gender-Based Violence at the Generation Equality Forum

BSR, the B Team, and Women Win/Win-Win Strategies are working together to engage the private sector towards making meaningful commitments to promote gender equality at the Generation Equality Forum. We connected with the Kering Foundation to hear more about its role as a GEF Action Coalition Lead and what motivated it to take part in the Forum.

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Accelerating Progress for Gender Equality through the Generation Equality Forum

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Accelerating Progress for Gender Equality through the Generation Equality Forum

BSR is partnering with the B Team and Women Win/Win-Win Strategies to engage the private sector—mobilizing both companies with established women’s empowerment programs and those looking to get involved in the movement—toward making meaningful commitments to promote gender equality through the Generation Equality Forum.

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Women’s Empowerment in the Era of Social Distancing

Blog

Women’s Empowerment in the Era of Social Distancing

A new digital tool from HERproject aims to reach women workers in global value chains and build resilience to COVID-19 impacts.

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Companies Can’t Ignore the ‘She-cession’ Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blog

Companies Can’t Ignore the ‘She-cession’ Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has fueled a recession for women. BSR recommends six actions for companies to incorporate a gender lens on recovery efforts.

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Women’s Empowerment Illustrative Client List

  • Avon Products, Inc.
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Qualcomm Incorporated
  • Sanofi S.A.
  • Tiffany and Company
  • FUNDERS  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • C&A Foundation
  • Department for International Development (DfID)
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • PARTNERS  Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
  • The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI)
  • Foreign Trade Association/Business Social Compliance Initiative (FTA/BSCI)
  • International Council of Toy Industries CARE Foundation (ICTI CARE)
  • Sedex
  • The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)

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Collaborative Initiatives on Women’s Empowerment

HERproject™

HERproject™

Unlocking the full potential of women working in global supply chains through workplace programs promoting health, financial inclusion, and gender equality

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Meet the Team

Chhavi Ghuliani

Chhavi Ghuliani

Director, Partnership Development

New York


Cherry Lin

Cherry Lin

Manager, HERproject

Guangzhou


Ella Moffat

Ella Moffat

HERfinance Manager

Paris


Asako Nagai

Asako Nagai

Managing Director

Tokyo


Victoria Reca

Victoria Reca

Manager, Women's Empowerment

Paris


Christine Svarer

Christine Svarer

Director, HERproject

Paris


Annelise Thim

Annelise Thim

Manager, Women's Empowerment

New York


Lin Wang

Lin Wang

Director

Shanghai


Cynthia Wang

Cynthia Wang

Manager, Human Rights

Hong Kong


Margaux Yost

Margaux Yost

Manager, HERproject

Paris


Ryan Zhang

Ryan Zhang

Associate

Shanghai


Shanghai



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Contact the Women’s Empowerment team with any questions.

Deliver for Good Campaign

Deliver for Good is a global campaign that applies a gender lens to the Sustainable Development Goals and promotes 12 critical investments in girls and women to power progress for all.

Our partnership with the Deliver for Good Campaign is an important example of BSR’s focus on engaging a variety of partners on a common action agenda. Through this effort, we are partnering with leading women’s NGOs and international organizations to place a gender lens on the investments necessary to advance the SDGs and mobilize multi-sector solutions.


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