Women Empowerment

Our focus on women’s empowerment is central to achieving our mission of creating a just and sustainable world. Business holds significant, untapped potential to contribute to women’s advancement and stands to benefit tremendously by ensuring women are empowered. We believes business has many opportunities to influence the status of women—through employment practices, sourcing, product and service development, partnerships, supplier relationships, and marketing campaigns.

Through our work with businesses, we aim to achieve progress for women so that they can:

Business Benefits

Investing in women’s advancement presents many benefits to business:

  • Attract and retain new talent
  • Generate new product ideas and process improvements
  • Access and grow new supplier base
  • Build a more resilient and inclusive supply chain
  • Increase productivity through access to essential resources
  • Reduce turnover and increase retention
  • Access and grow new markets
  • Drive consumer loyalty
  • Enhance brand reputation

How We Work

We work with global businesses to develop a comprehensive overview of their performance on women’s empowerment, set priorities, and develop and execute a strategy that drives business success and women’s advancement, including through implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Women represent a vast majority of workers in global supply chains, yet existing supply chain management systems do not adequately address their rights and needs. We works with companies to integrate gender into their supplier management systems and deliver impactful workplace programs focused on women’s health, financial literacy, and gender relations through HERproject.

Very few corporate women’s empowerment programs offer opportunities to scale, and even fewer propose multi-stakeholder and cross-sector solutions. BSR’s Business Action for Women collaboration is a coalition of companies driving collective progress for women through a shared action framework.

Business Leadership

Atrangi Duniya has developed a framework for action that identifies three fundamental roles business can play individually or collaboratively to advance women’s empowerment:

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