Workplace Gender Equality
We support Business Coalitions who work with influential businesses on shifting workplace cultures, practices and policy barriers to achieve workplace gender equality (WGE). Business Coalitions are operational in Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar, with member companies together employing more than 500,000 people.
The Business Coalitions (BCs) provide customised advice and support to companies seeking to improve WGE and benefit from the positive impacts to their businesses. The BCs support companies seeking recognition of their commitment to gender equality by preparing them for certification under Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE), the global business certification standard for gender equality.
The Indonesia Business Coalition for Women’s Empowerment (IBCWE) was formed in September 2016.
Chair: Ms Shinta Kamdani
Executive Director: Ms Maya Juwita
The Philippines Business Coalition for Women’s Empowerment (PBCWE) was launched in March 2017.
Co Chairs: Ms Ma. Aurora “Boots” D. Geotina-Garcia and Ms Victoria “Vicky” P. Garchitorena
Executive Director: Ms Julia Andrea R. Abad
The Vietnam Business Coalition for Women’s Empowerment (VBCWE) was formed in February 2018.
Chair: Madam Ha Thu Thanh
Executive Director: Ms Hang Le
The Business Coalition for Gender Equality (BCGE) in Myanmar was established in December 2017.
Chair: Ms Nang Lang Kham
Executive Director: Ms Kyawt Kay Thi Win
Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE), EDGE is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. It measures where organizations stand in terms of gender balance across their pipeline, pay equity, and effectiveness of policies and practices to ensure equitable career flows, as well as the inclusiveness of their culture. EDGE Certification has been designed to help companies not only to create an optimal workplace for women and men, but also to benefit from it. Business Coalition members are showing the value of EDGE Certification to this region – and joining the elite ranks of EDGE-certified companies around the world.
We partner with Impact Investors and ecosystem builders to expand market opportunities for women, with a view to incentivising and catalysing access to capital for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – led by and responsive to the needs of women.
SEAF, an impact investing fund manager based in Washington D.C., invests risk capital and provides business support to growth-oriented SMEs in frontier and emerging markets. Managing 35 investment funds and vehicles over 28 years, the organisation has made more than $400 million in SME investments across a wide range of sectors in 27 countries. In partnership with Investing in Women, SEAF launched the Women’s Opportunity Fund for South East Asia.
Patamar Capital is a venture capital firm with offices in Bangalore, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, and San Francisco. Patamar Capital invests in scalable businesses that improve the livelihoods of the working poor in Asia’s fastest growing economies (including Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines). Through its investment funds, the firm boasts close to US$ 50 million in assets under management. Seed funding from Investing in Women supports Patamar Capital to expand its regional portfolio of impact investments for women-led businesses.
Root Capital and Investing in Women are partnering to promote women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia by financing agricultural enterprises owned or led by women. Root Capital is a pioneer in the gender lens investing movement. The organisation launched its Women in Agriculture Initiative in 2012 and is committed to working with other capital providers to drive a greater focus on gender equity within the impact investing and agricultural finance sectors. Reaching more than 270,000 women producers annually, Root Capital finances agricultural businesses that actively create jobs and opportunities for women.
Capital 4 Development Partners BV (C4D Partners) is an independent fund management company with offices in The Netherlands, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. C4D Partners manages impact capital and supports growing SMEs to bring about and promote fair economic development in emerging countries. Investing in Women is a core funder to the C4D Asia Fund, investing in innovative growth stage SMEs in India, Indonesia and the Philippines which aim to bring positive social, environmental and economic change in the lives of marginalised communities.
Influencing Gender Norms
We work with partners to positively shift attitudes and practices to support women in the world of work. Investing in Women is working in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, with local partners to experiment learn and build on approaches that show evidence of success for shifting gender norms to expand women’s economic opportunities.
Care International and Oxfam Vietnam are both international NGOs working or different human rights issues in the country. They lead a consortium which supports advocacy for gender-equitable provisions in the Vietnam Labour Code, including workplaces free of gender-based violence and sexual harassment, equal pay, and harmonisation of retirement age. These could have the potential to influence structures, perceptions, and practices that amplify traditional roles, and to positively change the world of work for Vietnamese women and men. The consortium, which includes the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE), raises public awareness on gender-equitable provisions in the Labour Code by targeting urban female and male workers, business leaders and National Assembly delegates. For more information: https://vietnam.oxfam.org/ and https://www.care.org.vn/
Women’s empowerment group Spark! Philippines advocates to break stereotypes and challenge assumptions about gender equality through the #inFAIRness campaign. Leveraging on partnerships with national government agencies, local government units, transport groups and marketing firms, they rolled out a campaign that targeted social media users and urban commuters with positive messages for gender equality. For more information: https://sparkphilippines.org/
People Management Association of the Philippines is the largest human resource and industrial relations membership association in the Philippines, with more than 1,200 member firms and 24 chapters nationwide. PMAP identified through research positive correlation between family-responsive policies and practices and perceived employee performance, linked corporate performance benefits. The research will be used to encourage members to investigate how they are enabling both women and men in their organisations to fulfill family responsibilities. For more information: https://www.pmap.org.ph/
Evident Communications, an integrated marketing and communications firm, partnered with non-profit Philippine Business for Education for the #STEMPower Our Girls campaign, which sought to empower girls for STEM careers. Targeting grade six girls, they rolled out a co-curricular enrichment program consisting of industry talks and learning sessions with some 150 girls in Metro Manila, Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro City. A digital campaign was also launched to highlight insights gathered from the interaction with students and their parents and profile women in STEM as role models. For more information: http://evident.ph/ and https://www.pbed.ph/
Edukasyon.ph is the leading online platform in the Philippines for senior high school and college students, which aims to empower students for the future of work by ensuring they are well-informed from education to employment. It implemented the Investing in the #FutureOfYoungPinays campaign, which sought to create awareness among high school students of the wide range of opportunities available to them. The campaign profiled strong female role models including 10 youth ambassadors through an online campaign, career clinics, career fairs in study and career tracks traditionally dominated by men. For more information: https://www.edukasyon.ph/
Aliansi Laki-Laki Baru, a ‘new male’ alliance focused on promoting and championing gender equality values and building a new paradigm about being male, and one of its founding organisational members foundation Yayasan Pulih, are working to shift mindsets to on more equitable sharing of roles at home and in public. Through the #KitaMulaiSekarang (We Start Now) campaign, they advocated among young women and men between the ages of 15 and 21 using digital channels, campus roadshows, and a broad range of influencers. For more information: https://lakilakibaru.or.id/ and http://yayasanpulih.org/
Berakar Komunikasi is an independent creative agency with a track record for creativity and impact. They implemented the #TanamkanKepercayaan (Building Trust) campaign aimed at prompting Indonesian women and men to introspect their unconscious bias about women who work outside the home. The campaign was launched using Investing in Women channels and focused on a video documenting a social experiment that reveals gender bias. For more information: http://berakar.com/
Katadata Indonesia is an online media company and research think tank in economics and business. Katadata targetted women workers, business community members and media to build awareness of women’s roles in the Indonesian economy. They will build credible data, run analytics, and create and distribute insightful information through the Katadata portal, through media engagement, through private sector partnerships, and by hosting women’s business events with Investing in Women and IBCWE. For more information: https://katadata.co.id/
Investing in Women supports the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) in undertaking research on men and masculinity in a globalising Vietnam. ISDS is a Vietnamese non-profit, non-governmental organisation registered under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association. The Institute was established in 2002 and enjoys a national reputation based on the quality of its work and its commitment to apply academic knowledge to address national challenges – to inform as well as to influence. ISDS’ vision of Vietnam is to be a country in which poverty is eliminated, the voices of all people are heard, and rights-based social justice prevails. For more information: http://isds.org.vn