Women’s Empowerment Principles
As of November 2020, Oikon is a signatory of the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
As a member of the WEPs community of companies, industry associations and chambers of commerce, we have committed to making a difference for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.
“We congratulate Oikon for taking the first step on their WEPs journey. We consider Oikon a key partner in closing gender gaps in the workplace, marketplace and community and in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals”, said PHUMZILE MLAMBO-NGCUKA, UN Women Executive Director.
“Women represent half of the world’s population, yet remain under-represented in the global workforce. Not only an affront to human rights and equality, barriers to women’s empowerment also hurt economic growth. That’s why we are calling on business leaders everywhere to implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles and I want to thank you for joining the evergrowing community of WEPs signatories. We need ALL companies to get onboard, because gender equality is more than a moral responsibility. Equality means business”, said LISE KINGO, UN Global Compact Executive Director.
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) guide businesses on how to promote gender equality and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Jointly established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are underpinned by international labour standards and human rights and by the recognition that businesses have an important role in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Adopting the seven principles is the best way that businesses can deliver on the ambitions for gender equality and women’s empowerment as outlined in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and in the 17 SDGs.
For more information visit www.weps.org