Women’s Empowerment Principles Training Open to UN Suppliers

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Women’s Empowerment Principles Training Open to UN Suppliers

The Office of Supply Chain Management is pleased to announce that it has partnered with UN Women, a specialized UN Agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, to promote Women’s Empowerment principles among the UN Secretariat suppliers.

Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in the broad context of supply chain operations not only contributes to reducing systemic discrimination, but it also broadens the economic base, increases suppliers’ diversity and enhances suppliers’ access to business networks, high-value market opportunities and sustainable revenue streams.

 The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles offering guidance to businesses on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Established by UN Global Compact and UN Women, the Women’s Empowerment Principles are informed by international labour and human rights standards and are grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment. They help bring together all parts of an organization to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.

 The training ‘Women’s Empowerment Principles 101’, hosted by UN Women, is now open to all Suppliers who provide goods and/or services to the UN Secretariat and are committed to gender equality and women’s empowerment (See training registration details below).

“With the surge of ‘mission-driven’ corporations that have a redefined meaning of business success, not solely based on shareholder value, focus is shifting to corporate practices that benefit employees, their communities, and the environment. Gender equality, including equal pay and equal opportunities for women, and gender responsive supply chains are critical elements of the 2030 agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I invite our suppliers to take advantage of this important training and become a signatory to the Women Empowerment Principles.” –  Mr. Christian Saunders, Assistant Secretary-General for Supply Chain Management. 

Through the partnership with UN Women, the Office of Supply Chain Management seeks to further its commitment in achieving Sustainable Development Goal #5 dedicated to gender equality. In 2021, the Office of Supply Chain Management also partnered with WEConnect International, a global network that connects women-owned businesses (WOB) to qualified buyers around the world, to offer free training and help WOBs master necessary skills to break the barriers that prevent them from participating in the global marketplace.

Training details:

   Date:  Wednesday, 12 January 2022
   Time:  11:00 AM to 12:15 PM (Eastern Standard Time Zone)
   Location:  The training will be conducted virtually, and the connection details will be provided to participants following registration.
   Registration:  Please click here to register!  Registration deadline is 10 January 2022.

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