A Path to Empowerment: The Role of Corporations in Supporting Women’s Economic Progress

April 22, 2015

Takeaways

The obstacles to women’s economic empowerment are complex and challenging, but they are not insurmountable.

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In March 2014, at the International Women’s Day Forum at the United Nations, the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School (CSRI) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) made a joint commitment to convene a series of roundtable dialogues to explore the role of corporations in supporting women’s economic empowerment. Each invitation-only roundtable was comprised of 15 to 20 senior managers at major multinational corporations currently engaged in or interested in women’s economic empowerment as a business case and/or a social venture.

The companies spanned industry sectors and their participants represented various functional areas within their organizations. Expert presenters joined each session to provide further thought leadership and to challenge the group to identify ways that each company, alone or in partnership, could most effectively engage. Use of the Chatham House rule enabled candid dialogue, with the aim of facilitating shared learning and establishing or strengthening relationships and specific partnerships. The content of the roundtables informed this framing report and its affiliated briefs.

The report concludes with an Agenda for Action, which offers companies and their public sector, NGO, and civil society partners recommendations for ways forward on the global path to women’s economic empowerment. Read the Executive Summary

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Path to Empowerment Resources


 

Good Practice Company Profiles

Abbott

Accenture

Amway

ANN INC.

Bright Horizons

The Coca-Cola Company

Chevron

ExxonMobil

EY

GE

Gap Inc.

Goldman Sachs

IBM

Intel

Rio Tinto

Kate Spade & Company

Marriott

Merck

Nestlé

Pearson

Qualcomm

SABMiller

Sodexo

Tupperware Brands Corporation

Walmart

West Elm

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