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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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Digitizing for Inclusion: Insights from Wage Digitization in the Garment Sector

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Digitizing for Inclusion: Insights from Wage Digitization in the Garment Sector

BSR's HERproject and the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth share five insights on inclusive wage digitization in the garment sector.

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Key Ways Business Can Still Support Women’s Reproductive Rights Following SCOTUS Decisions

Blog

Key Ways Business Can Still Support Women’s Reproductive Rights Following SCOTUS Decisions

Corporate policies can provide a bulwark against the erosion of access to reproductive healthcare, helping to protect and strengthen the new social contract between business and society that the 21st century demands.

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

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

2020 has demonstrated powerfully the importance of a fully functioning social safety net, public health systems, and global collaboration. Reforms to the social contract are clearly needed to protect public health, economic security, and the right of all people to participate fully in society.

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Women in Supply Chains: On the Frontlines of COVID-19’s Impact

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Women in Supply Chains: On the Frontlines of COVID-19’s Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly transformed from a global health crisis into a financial crisis, particularly for low-income female workers in global supply chains. However, companies can effectively deploy preventative measures to support workers and workplaces to protect their health and strengthen their financial resilience.

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Women’s Empowerment Principles: Turning a Decade of Lessons into Ambitious Business Action

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Women’s Empowerment Principles: Turning a Decade of Lessons into Ambitious Business Action

A new report from BSR and the United Nations Global Compact presents aggregate findings of the WEPs Gender Gap Analysis Tool, an online platform that has been used by more than 2,000 companies around the world since its launch in 2017 to anonymously assess their gender equality performance.

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Women’s Empowerment and Business: 2020 Trends and Opportunities

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Women’s Empowerment and Business: 2020 Trends and Opportunities

This report presents the aggregate findings from the Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool, in particular how companies are doing in terms of commitment, implementation, measurement, and transparency on gender equality issues.

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The Shift to Digital Wages: Making Sure It Works for Women and Business

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The Shift to Digital Wages: Making Sure It Works for Women and Business

In the HERfinance Digital Wages program in Bangladesh, designed to support garment factories making the transition from cash to digital payrolls, we found a tangible connection between tailoring programs to women’s needs and an increase in women’s financial inclusion and empowerment.

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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

Business Action for Women

Business Action for Women

A coalition of business leaders driving progress for women

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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

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Associate Director

Paris


Chhavi Ghuliani

Chhavi Ghuliani

Director, Partnership Development

New York


Cherry Lin

Cherry Lin

Manager, HERproject

Guangzhou


Ella Moffat

Ella Moffat

HERfinance Manager

Paris


Aditi Mohapatra

Aditi Mohapatra

Managing Director

New York


Asako Nagai

Asako Nagai

Managing Director

Tokyo


Victoria Reca

Victoria Reca

Manager, Women's Empowerment

Paris


Paris


Christine Svarer

Christine Svarer

Director, HERproject

Paris


Annelise Thim

Annelise Thim

Manager, Women's Empowerment

Paris


Lin Wang

Lin Wang

Director

Shanghai


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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