Women's Empowerment Principles

What are the WEPs? Objective/Vision Stakeholders The 7 Principles #WeCommit - Call to Action


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BPW Ontario supports the UN Women and UN Global Compact Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and encourages the awareness, promotion and integration of the Women's Empowerment Principles into all aspects of Ontario life; including small business, all levels of government and civil society.

Women's Empowerment is a top organizational priority and we invite all stakeholders in Ontario to demonstrate their support for the WEPs and encourage business leaders to implement them to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality in Ontario.

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What are the WEPs?

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles for businesses that offer guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

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WEPs Vision

Transform corporate behaviour and intentionally position gender and women's empowerment as essential core business objectives.

WEPs Objective

Motivate and guide business to take wide-ranging actions to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and to view such action as an integral and necessary part of corporate sustainability.

How Can Stakeholders use the Seven Women's Empowerment Principles?

While designed as a tool for the private sector to strengthen company policies and programs to create a culture that can achieve gender equality, the Principles provide a platform for all stakeholders to advance their commitment to gender equality. Together we can create a province and nation where women’s economic capacity is unleashed and where women are fully engaged in positions of leadership and strategic decision-making. As well as being a useful guide for business, the Principles seek to inform other stakeholders, including governments, and civil society in their engagement with the private sector. See resources specific to each of the three stakeholder groups on the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women Resource page.

The Seven Principles:

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 well-being 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

#WeCommit - A Call to Action


The #WeCommit campaign is a call-to-action for private sector companies of all sizes, enterprises, and employers’ organizations, stock exchanges, pension funds, and wealth management funds with the aim to sign and/or deepen the implementation of the Women's Empowerment Principles.

The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women and BPW Ontario supports the WEPs as a foundation to build partnerships across Ontario and Canada to promote cooperation & solidarity in creating a better post-COVID-19 normal. The time is now to bring solutions to the table & secure a sustainable future for all by ensuring current and future work is built on principles of inclusivity, equality, and social justice.

Check out the #WECommit resources below to assist your journey. If you are a prospective WEPs signatory, already a WEPs signatory or an Ally, check out the #WeCommit Welcome Kit to get more tips and materials to get you started in communicating about the WEPs and calling for more commitments!

#WeCommit Resources

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BPW Canada as a founding member spearheaded and continues to be in partnership with the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women (CCEW). The CCEW exists to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of women in Canada; recognizing it is essential to build strong economies, establish more stable and just societies, and improve the quality of life for all Canadians and their families in communities across Canada.

Grounded in the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), Sustainable Development Goals and leveraging the empowerwomen.org on-line platform the CCEW promotes awareness and builds partnerships with all stakeholders groups committed to achieving gender equality and inclusive diversity in Canada.

Entrepreneurs in Business of all sizes and business associations such as the Chambers of Commerce and all BPW Clubs can now Sign the WEPs.

Governments at all levels, Civil Society and all Other Organizations can support the WEPS by signing the CCEW WEPS Statement of Support.

Stakeholders can keep informed and access the most current resources and supports tailored to their specific needs @ ccew.ca

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