Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Gender bias is undermining our social fabric and devalues all of us. It is not just a human rights issue; it is a tremendous waste of the world’s human potential. By denying women equal rights, we deny half the population a chance to live life at its fullest. Political, economic and social equality for women will benefit all the world’s citizens. Together we can eradicate prejudice and work for equal rights and respect for all.

Business Avenger: SAP

"At SAP, we are committed to helping the world run better and improving people’s lives. This includes accelerating the achievement of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

As the Business Avenger for Goal 5: Gender Equality, SAP demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a global organization with employees from 150+ nationalities, our employees must feel free to be their authentic selves for our company to perform at its best. We embrace and encourage different perspectives and believe we are made stronger by our unique combination of culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental ability, and work-life situations.

Through our partnerships with the Female Quotient, Women in Data Science, UN Women, Kode with Klossy, and more, we create communities where women can thrive in their future careers, collaborate and connect, set a strong foundation for meaningful change in the workplace, and inspire and educate the next generation of data scientists. Initiatives enabled by SAP’s technology advance women’s lives through economic and business empowerment and reinforce our commitment to Global Goal 5."

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Case Studies


Unilever: #Unstereotype Alliance

In 2017 UN Women convened the Unstereotype Alliance, a global coalition of advertisers behind the goal of eliminating gender bias and harmful gender stereotypes from their advertising. Unilever has committed to Unstereotype their advertising and is a Vice Chair of the Alliance.

According to McKinsey, as much as $28 trillion could be added to the global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. However, based on current trends, the World Economic Forum predicts that it will take 202 years for the economic gender gap to close - and 107 years to achieve political equality.

Addressing gender equality is therefore both a moral and an economic imperative. For Unilever, gender equality and women's empowerment deliver tangible business benefits by widening the pool of experience and expertise across their supply chain and in their workforce. What's more, most of the people who buy Unilever's products are women, making women's empowerment critical to their future growth.

Some of the strongest forces behind persistent gender gaps are harmful social norms and stereotypes that limit expectations of what women can or should do. Unilever are committed to challenging harmful gender norms both within, and beyond, their business.

Pepsi Co

PepsiCo: Empowering female farmers

PepsiCo is working with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support female farmers in West Bengal who are part of the company’s supply chain but who often lack land rights and training.

Through social and educational programs, working with women’s self-help groups and male champions, PepsiCo and its partners are working to identify and address barriers to the empowerment of female farmers and their full integration into the supply chain. The initiative is the first time PepsiCo has explicitly included gender issues as a focus in its agricultural sourcing approach, but the company is working to scale this program and to use its findings to integrate gender considerations into its Sustainable Farming Program and broader agricultural supply chain policies.

Further recognizing the central role of women in the transformation of the food system, as part of CARE’s She Feeds the World initiative, the PepsiCo Foundation has committed an investment of $18.2MM to provide 5 million female farmers and their families with the education, resources, and economic support needed to help them increase their crop yields and incomes and to improve family nutrition.

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