Business leaders across the globe agree that gender equality is a business priority. To date, more than 3,000 top executives have committed to the Women’s Empowerment Principles, recognizing that advancing gender equality is not only the right thing to do, it is also good for business. Yet research shows that less than 30% of companies are setting concrete goals and targets to enable progress and ensure accountability.
Target Gender Equality is an accelerator programme for participating companies of the UN Global Compact that helps close gap between commitment and action. Through facilitated performance analysis, capacity building workshops, peer-to-peer learning and multi-stakeholder dialogue at the country-level, Target Gender Equality supports companies in setting and reaching ambitious corporate targets for women’s representation and leadership, starting with the Board and Executive Management levels.
Companies participating in Target Gender Equality have the opportunity to deepen implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and strengthen their contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 5.5, which calls for equal women representation, participation and leadership in business globally. Companies are equipped with the latest data and research supporting the business case for gender equality and gain insights from UN partners and experts on how to accelerate progress on gender equality.
Target Gender Equality is a UN Global Compact Global Impact Initiative run in collaboration with Global Compact Local Networks.