Women’s Empowerment Principles


The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) offer practical guidance to business and the private sector on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Developed through a partnership between UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact, the principles are designed to support companies in reviewing existing policies and practices – or establishing new ones – to realize women’s empowerment.

They are:

  1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.

  2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination.

  3. Ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all women and men workers.

  4. Promote education, training and professional development for women.

  5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.

  6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.

  7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.

Learn more about the business case to promote gender equality and how you can use the WEPs to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community here.

Eva Goicochea