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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. 

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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


Paris


Chhavi Ghuliani

Chhavi Ghuliani

Associate Director

New York


Zac Li

Zac Li

Trainer

Guangzhou


Cherry Lin

Cherry Lin

Manager, HERproject

Guangzhou


Aditi Mohapatra

Aditi Mohapatra

Director, Women’s Empowerment

New York


Tokyo


Hong Kong


Paris


Christine Svarer

Christine Svarer

Director, HERproject

Paris


Hong Kong


Lin Wang

Lin Wang

Director

Shanghai


Guangzhou


Hong Kong


Shanghai


Shanghai



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Contact the Women’s Empowerment team with any questions.

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Private-Sector Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment

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Private-Sector Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment

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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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