Pay differentials between women and men remain one of the most persistent forms of inequality, with women on average earning 20% less than men. This webinar explores the underlying causes of the gender pay gap, and the development of workplace policies and practices to address this inequality.
This Guide aims to help Global Compact Local Networks get involved in their country's development of a National Action Plan on business and Human Rights. It provides basic information about National Action Plans, discusses the countries that have or are in the process of developing them, sets out the various opportunities available to Local Networks to get engaged, and lists additional resources that can be referred to for more information.
Introduces examples of innovative approaches to empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community, focusing on private sector women’s health initiatives. These inspirational examples illustrate some of the concrete ways in which companies can and are taking action to implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
Held in observance of International Women's Day, the 2016 WEPs Annual Event, Business Partners for Gender Equality: Multipliers for Development, brought together inspirational business leaders, including innovative female entrepreneurs, with civil society, the UN and Government, to scale-up business action and unleash the full potential of women and girls. Through high-level panels and interactive sessions, participants dove into how diverse companies around the world are implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and helping to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set forth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Identifying the importance of gender equality to the business case, companies around the world have taken steps to advance and empower women.
Business has much to gain from more inclusive economic prosperity, through access to new markets, unleashing more innovation, and greater social stability so necessary for markets to function. Conversely, business has much to lose from an economy that fails to capitalize fully on human capital, constricts markets, and experiences sluggish demand. This working paper introduces BSR’s perspective on the business role in creating inclusive prosperity.
A fact sheet by the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) on the issue of human trafficking. The data covers geographic regions, demographics of victims, and the estimated profits made from trafficking.
Helps companies understand indigenous peoples’ rights and their relevance for business. The webinar focuses on recently released Global Compact resources on the rights of indigenous peoples. The webinar features emerging trends and practical guidance contained in these resources, as well as stakeholder perspectives and company examples.
Describes how National Human Rights Institutions and Global Compact Local Networks can collaborate to help businesses understand and meet their human rights responsibilities and commitments.
The right of indigenous peoples to give or withhold free, prior, and informed consent (“FPIC”) for the use of their lands, resources, traditional knowledge, or intellectual property is among the special protections for indigenous peoples. This Good Practice Note provides background on the history of FPIC, without taking a definitive viewpoint on its legal status. The Note also explores the business case for obtaining FPIC and the challenges that are likely to arise in the process; outlines current company good practices to obtain FPIC; and discusses emerging practices that not only support FPIC but also long-term benefits for affected indigenous communities.
One of the early questions a company must answer in meeting its corporate responsibility to respect human rights is deciding how it will organize the human rights function internally to effectively drive the process of embedding respect for human (including labor) rights. This Good Practice Note surveys a number of company experiences in organizing the human rights function internally; based on those experiences, it draws out some ‘emerging good practice guidance’ for companies, highlighting a series of questions that may help inform corporate decision-making on how best to organize the human rights function.
This short document helps explain human trafficking in further detail, outlines the scale of the problem, and describes how businesses may encounter the problem or be implicated.