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Areas of Expertise

Women’s Empowerment

We catalyze private-sector action for women’s empowerment and deliver value for business through research and knowledge-building, the design and implementation of gender-sensitive strategies and concrete solutions, and collaboration.

Overview


Our Objectives

BSR’s vision is a future in which businesses are effectively contributing to women’s empowerment while building up their own resilience and developing access to new markets in a fast-paced and complex environment. Through our work with businesses, our objectives are 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. 

How We Work

The Business Case

Translate and reinforce the business case for women’s empowerment and demonstrate how business can contribute to women’s empowerment more effectively.

Strategies

Support companies in the assessment of their current practices and the design and implementation of holistic and integrated corporate strategies and programs that advance women’s empowerment, including through implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Products and Tools

Support companies in the design of products and services as well as tools and concrete solutions that enable access to essential resources and drive progress for women worldwide.

Build and facilitate collective action on women’s empowerment through multi-sector solutions, both by developing collaboration opportunities for our members and developing partnerships with other external initiatives.

Women in Supply Chains

Target the unique opportunity to advance women in global supply chains through inclusive and enabling workplaces.

Business Benefits

Integrating a commitment to and driving strategies for women’s empowerment across the value chain 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

Business' Role

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

  • Act: developing policies and guidelines, as well as adjusting and leveraging core business processes such as recruitment and retention, procurement, product and services development, and investments
  • Enable: partnering with NGOs, community organizations, and business partners to promote women’s empowerment along the value chain, including by building capacity, developing gender-sensitive business processes, and creating an enabling environment
  • Influence: engaging in research, advocacy, and communications campaigns to build an environment that promotes gender equality and opportunities for women

More Information

Complete Overview (PDF)

Meet the Team

for Women’s Empowerment

Zac Li

Zac Li

Trainer

Guangzhou


Chhavi Ghuliani

Chhavi Ghuliani

Associate Director

New York


Tokyo


Hong Kong


Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Associate Director

Paris


Hong Kong


Cherry Lin

Cherry Lin

Manager, HERproject

Guangzhou


Paris


Talk to Us  
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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Our Insights

on Women’s Empowerment

BSR’s Women in Factories China Program: Moving from Risk to Value in the Supply Chain

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BSR’s Women in Factories China Program: Moving from Risk to Value in the Supply Chain

The Women in Factories program has given women workers in China the skills and knowledge they need to change their lives and how they work, creating value for factories and catalyzing change in manufacturing supply chains.

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Three Actions to Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Apparel Sector

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Three Actions to Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Apparel Sector

Here's how apparel companies can take action to promote women workers' well-being and economic empowerment.

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Empowering Female Workers in the Apparel Industry: Three Areas for Business Action

Reports

Empowering Female Workers in the Apparel Industry: Three Areas for Business Action

This business brief proposes three areas where apparel companies can build from a strong foundation to better drive improvements in outcomes for women workers and promote women’s economic empowerment around the world.

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How Ethiopia’s Nascent Apparel Industry Can Build a Strong, Empowered Workforce

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How Ethiopia’s Nascent Apparel Industry Can Build a Strong, Empowered Workforce

To achieve sustainability over the long term, Ethiopia’s emerging apparel industry must embed good business practice from the beginning.

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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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