The Women's Empowerment Principles* are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of a collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact.
Research has demonstrated that when women are economically empowered, entire communities benefit. A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment identifies interventions that are proven, promising or have a high potential to increase productivity and earnings for different groups of women in diverse country contexts.
For many corporations, working on women’s empowerment and women’s rights isn’t just the nice thing to do — it’s critical for making money. “Women are absolutely crucial both to the growth of our business but also to the growth of the local economy in the local community,” said Charlotte Oades, Coca-Cola’s global director for women's economic empowerment. “If we can help through economic empowerment of women, their local communities will thrive and business generally will thrive.”