Why your company should join


Target Gender Equality is a gender equality accelerator programme for participating companies of the UN Global Compact. Through facilitated performance analysis, capacity building workshops, peer-to-peer learning and multi-stakeholder dialogue at the country-level, Target Gender Equality will support companies engaged with the UN Global Compact in setting and reaching ambitious corporate targets for women’s representation and and ensure equal pay for work of equal value.

Companies participating in Target Gender Equality have the opportunity to deepen implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles. They will also strengthen their contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 5.5, which calls for equal women representation, participation and leadership in business globally, as well as Sustainable Development Goal 8.5, which aims to achieve equal pay for work of equal value by 2030. Companies will be equipped with the latest data and research supporting the business case for gender equality, gain insights from UN partners and experts on how to accelerate tprogress on gender equailty and develop an action plan for putting their learnings into practice.

Programme Benefits:

  • Confidently set ambitious and realistic targets for gender balance, women's leadership and equal pay for work of equal value
  • Understand your current gender equality performance through the facilitated use of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool
  • Unpack the business case for gender equality and understand the benefits of diversity and inclusion
  • Gain the knowledge you need to increase gender equality related legislation and diversity requirements
  • Network with colleagues across all regions in an exclusive Target Gender Equality LinkedIn Group
  • Engage in accelerated learning opportunities specific to your country context
  • Build a network of peers, UN partners and experts to support your gender equality strategy and work collectively to tackle persistent barriers to gender equality
  • Showcase women in your company who are driving business success, sustainability and contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Information Sessions

We organized information sessions where we answered all questions about the Target Gender Equality Accelerator. Please check out the recordings!

26 April, 8 a.m. ET (French) | 26 April, 9 a.m. ET (English) | 26 April, 10 a.m. ET (Spanish) | 26 April, 9 p.m. ET (English)

Interested in Participating?

Companies participating in the UN Global Compact and based in the following countries have the opportunity to sign up to Target Gender Equality through their Global Compact Local Network. 

The following Local Networks have confirmed their participation in 2023:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Central America &
    Dominican Republic
  • Chile
  • China
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Colombia
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia & Brunei
  • Mauritius & Indian
    Ocean Region
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saudi Arabia (KSA)
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden

Francophone Africa Track: New this year, the Francophone Africa track will bring together companies from Francophone Africa and deliver the programme in French. Please apply for this option if you're located in a country from Francophone Africa that is not listed above.

Global track: Facilitated in English, the global track will offer the same curriculum content as the in-country track delivered through a series of live and on-demand sessions. This global track will be available in countries where an in-country programme is not available. Space is limited.

For any questions, please contact targetgenderequality@unglobalcompact.org.


Company registration: 15 March 2023 – 31 May 2023
Registration deadline may vary by country. Please reach out to your Local Network to inquire about registering after 31 May.

Programme begins: June 2023
(Please check exact dates with your Global Compact Local Network)

Programme ends: March 2024

Patron Supporters

Target Gender Equality Global Coalition

The Target Gender Equality Global Coalition brings together expert organizations that are committed to advancing women’s business leadership to support the roll out of Target Gender Equality across the globe and help amplify the call for ambitious corporate target setting for women’s representation and leadership in business.

Sign up to our Target Gender Equality Newsletter

Join the UN Global Compact

Not a participating company of the UN Global Compact? Fill out this form to learn more about how to join.

If you have further questions, please contact targetgenderequality@unglobalcompact.org.

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