The Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) were launched in 2010 with the aim of encouraging businesses to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The WEPs guide businesses on how to promote gender equality and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Jointly established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are underpinned by international labor standards and human rights and by the recognition that businesses have an important role in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Adopting the seven principles is the best way that businesses can deliver on the ambitions for gender equality and women’s empowerment as outlined in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These seven principles are:
- Principle 1: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
- Principle 2: Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination.
- Principle 3: Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers.
- Principle 4: Promote education, training and professional development for women.
- Principle 5: Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.
- Principle 6: Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.
- Principle 7: Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality
By joining the WEPs community, I, Lawrence Jean-Louis, commit to this agenda at the highest levels of the company and aim to work collaboratively in multi-stakeholder networks to foster business practices that empower women.
As a WEPs signatory, beYOUteous stands in solidarity with the United Nations to end gender inequality in the workplace, marketplace and community.