The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of seven principles that offer guidance for business based on best practices from around the world. The WEPs were developed as a joint initiative between UN Women and the UN Global Compact. There have been many empirical studies that demonstrate the business case for gender equality, however many Australian companies are yet to include gender diversity within their top strategic priorities.

By signing up to the Women’s Empowerment Principles, organisations can take the first step in transforming their workplace. The cultural change that results will not only improve the reputation of the organisation, it will also improve their bottom line performance and facilitate the realisation of women’s potential within Australia.

UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia along with corporate and sector partners convenes the Gender Equity in the Workplace Summit annually, to advance this agenda. The Summit offers a space for Australian business leaders and diversity and inclusion practitioners to explore best practices to empower women and ensure gender equality in the workplace. The Summit participants’ key recommendations are published in an annual report put together by UN Women NC Australia. Previous years’ Summit reports are available in Downloads.

For further information on signing onto the principles, visit the Women’s Empowerment Principles website or contact UN Women NC Australia on (02) 6185 0010 or events@unwomen.org.au.