Principle 6 Civic and Community Engagement
Key Element B Political Engagement

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It makes good business sense for organizations to make a concerted effort and use the organization's sphere of influence to improve women's lives in the locales in which they do business. While engaging with stakeholders in local communities, organizations often uncover underlying social problems that, if addressed, can lead to new sources of competitive advantage. For example, organizations can work with governments and communities to eliminate gender-based discrimination and improve educational and other opportunities for women and girls, thereby creating safer and more stable communities. Linking the needs of women in the communities in which the organization operates with the organization's need for real return on investment is a strong strategy for growth.

There are 3 indicators for this element.
Indicator 1

Align political spending policies with the goal of advancing women.

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Indicator 2

Engage with stakeholders and advocate within the local government and community in which the organization does business on policies and practices that promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, including but not limited to eliminating gender-based discrimination and violence against women.

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Indicator 3

Exercise proactive leadership to protect women from sexual harassment, violence, mutilation, intimidation, retaliation, or other denial of their basic human rights by host governments or non-governmental actors and refuse to tolerate situations where cultural differences or customs are used to deny the basic human rights of women and girls.

Implementation level

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