Programmatic Opportunities

The Target Gender Equality initiative is run in collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks, with most activities led at the local level. Over the course of 9 months, companies engage in facilitated performance analysis, capacity-building workshops, peer-to-peer learning, and multi-stakeholder dialogues. All these support companies to draft ambitious targets that advance gender balance, women's leadership and equal pay for work of equal value. In addition, the programme supports companies to develop accountable action plans on how to meet their targets and have a lasting impact on gender equality at the workplace.

The programme takes a holistic approach recognizing that many barriers need to be addressed to level the playing field for all genders at the workplace. It helps companies understand the various policies, practices, and interventions needed to advance gender equality and achieve gender parity. The programme’s overall goal is to deepen companies’ implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and strengthen their contribution to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.5, which calls for women’s full participation and equal leadership opportunities, including in economic life by 2030 as well as Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.5 which aims to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value by 2030.


  • Kick-off Webinar that allows you to get to know your peers and learn what’s ahead
  • Performance Analysis by using the WEPs Gender Gap Analysis Tool
  • Discussion of aggregate Tool results to help you understand the current landscape and build a case for action
  • Exclusive videos and e-learning tools to support you in understanding foundational concepts and processes
  • Three interactive capacity-building workshops to guide you through the target-setting process, build an action plan with buy in through an organization-wide infrastructure, as well as provide guidance on how to measure and communicate progress
  • Open Q&A sessions with global and regional experts to dive deeper into topics of interest and unpack learnings even furthe
  • Multi-stakeholder events and dialogues discussing how to jointly tackle barriers for gender equality
  • A virtual Countdown Series to International Women's Day and other high-level global events to network internationally with peers and showcase your company's practices


Additional opportunities are available to all Target Gender Equality companies to engage in on a voluntary basis, depending on each company's interests and availability. Each region will further explore offering regional opportunities based on companies’ interests. Companies will be updated on a regular basis about all upcoming opportunities through the Target Gender Equality Newsletter.

84 % of past Target Gender Equality participants have gone beyond the mandatory requirements of the programme and engaged in additional opportunities and recommendations for actions. Examples include:

  • Expanding the project team and including additional colleagues
  • Conducting interviews to better understand individual experiences in the company
  • Organizing internal workshops to foster engagement for gender equality
  • Organizing internal workshops to especially engage men as allies for gender equality
  • Organizing inclusive language trainings
  • Participating in social media campaigns amplifying the Target Gender Equality messaging
  • Taking specific action leveraging International Men's Day (November 19)
  • Taking specific action leveraging International Women's Day (March 8)