OUR WORK

Workplace Gender Equality

IW co-founded and works with Business Coalitions that help employers create a fairer workplace, attract and retain diverse teams and deliver on their ESG strategies. Business Coalitions use WGE tools and market knowledge to help business leaders benchmark their business, make more informed decisions and better connect with clients and consumers. Together, IW-supported Businesses Coalitions employ more than one million employees.

Challenges and Approach

In Indonesia, the Philippines Vietnam and Myanmar, Investing in Women supports Business Coalitions that work with influential businesses on shifting workplace cultures, practices and policy barriers to achieve workplace gender equality. Over 100 member companies – many of whom are the region’s private sector leaders and biggest employers – together employ over one million people.

These businesses have significant power to influence sector-wide practices to effect change and influence society towards gender equality. The businesses in turn benefit through increased staff motivation; better talent management; higher productivity and performance; and improved reputation.

The Business Coalitions are driving change from the top, with CEOs making concrete commitments to gender equality, such as working towards equal pay, and creating an environment where women have as much opportunity as their male counterparts. They hold themselves accountable by measuring their progress against their commitments, including through customised diagnostic assessments using GEARS, training, policy advisory services and employee surveys. They also work in partnership with stock exchanges and regulators to support the integration of gender equality measures into corporate reporting and with a range of partners to advance public policy reforms that promote women’s workforce participation and remove barriers to workplace gender equality, such as access to quality childcare and quality jobs for women.

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Advancing Gender Equality In The Workplace

In Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar and Vietnam, IW co-founded and works with Business Coalitions that help employers create a fairer workplace, attract and retain diverse teams and deliver on their ESG strategies. Business Coalitions use WGE tools and market knowledge to help business leaders benchmark their business, make more informed decisions and better connect with clients and consumers. Together, IW-supported Businesses Coalitions employ more than one million employees.

The Business Coalitions provide customised advice and support to companies seeking to improve WGE and benefit from the positive impacts to their businesses. They also work in partnership with the private sector and other stakeholders to advance public policy reforms that remove barriers to workplace gender equality.

The Business Coalitions are a voice for gender equality in the workplace, leading the way in their own businesses and acting as important advocates for women’s economic empowerment.

Outcomes

As at June 2023

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