Business, Supply Chain, and Marketing Practices

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10 Million Strong: The Tipping Point for Women's Entrepreneurship, 2015 Annual Report

National Women's Business Council; 2015

In 2015, the National Women's Business Council gained early access to the preliminary results of the 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO), the most accurate and comprehensive set of data available on the state of business ownership in America, conducted by the United States Census Bureau every five years. The Council synthesized the number, growth, and impact of women-owned businesses. Analysis of the preliminary data suggests women's entrepreneurship has grown significantly in recent years.
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Accelerating Gender Parity: A Toolkit

Ratcheva, Zahidi; World Economic Forum; 2017

This toolkit is intended to be a resource for businesses and other stakeholders interested in accelerating gender parity.
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Best Practice: Symantec Corporation

Transforming to Protect the Future 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report

Symantech's 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report addresses information security for its employees, clientele, and the world, along with the diversity and inclusion policies of the company.
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Beyond SB 657: How Businesses Can Meet and Exceed California's Requirements to Prevent Forced Labor in Supply Chains

ATEST; January 2013

This report outlines each of the requirements of SB 657 and comments on measures the authors expect companies to take to demonstrate meaningful compliance with the letter and spirit of the law and to promote broad efforts to end slavery.
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California Requires Supply Chain Disclosures

Jackson, Cynthia; Baker & McKenzie; 2011.

This document outlines the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657). It provides background on the law and details what companies must do to be in compliance with it.
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Combating Forced Labour: A Handbook for Employers & Business

International Labour Office; 2008

This handbook aims to meet the growing need of employers' organizations and individual companies worldwide for guidance as to what forced labor is, how it can affect business operations, and what business actors can do to tackle the problems.
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Companies Leading the Way: Putting the Principles into Practice

UN Women, United Nations Global Compact, November 2015

This guide contains a sampling of over 100 good practices gathered from online searches or submitted by UN Global Compact participants in response to our call to share actions and initiatives that their companies are undertaking to empower and advance women. The actions and policies adopted by these companies demonstrate the abundance of ways that business can contribute to the advancement of women's empowerment around the world. The practices are accompanied by an index that matches each one to the specific United Nations Women's Empowerment Principle(s) that it addresses and/or supports. The examples hail from companies representing a broad range of sectors and regions, demonstrating the universal relevance and practicality of women's empowerment and gender equality.
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Compliance is Not Enough: Best Practices in Responding to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

Verite; November 2011.

A White Paper that outlines the content of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657), the sources of trafficking and forced-labor risk, and what is necessary in order to address these problems adequately in supply chain production.
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Corruption and Labor Trafficking in Global Supply Chains

Verite; 2013

In this white paper, Verité outlines how trafficking-related activities in global supply chains include corruption, bribery, and other conduct that could result in liability for companies subject to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) jurisdiction. It also provides guidance on how and where companies should respond to the specific compliance risks associated with labor trafficking
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Effective Supply Chain Accountability: Investor Guidance on Implementation of The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and Beyond

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Christian Brothers Investment Services, & Calvert Investments; November 2011.

A guide to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657). It encourages companies to go beyond minimum compliance by implementing a human rights framework that includes a wide range of issues, including human trafficking. The document includes the business case for compliance, shareholder expectations, key elements of a comprehensive human rights due diligence framework, and examples of good practices by a large variety of companies.
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Gender Development: Sectoral Tools

The World Bank; 2016

The World Bank is working to increase women's economic opportunity by investing in better access to jobs, land rights, financial services, agricultural inputs and to infrastructure. This page provides an array of development resources on gender. Toolkits contain ready-to-use material, including a range of tools for practical "how-to" strategies collected from program and project experience around the world.
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Gender Equality Checklist for Fund Managers

Gender at Work

This annex to the report 'Implementing Gender Equality Policies and Practices in Private Sector Companies' is a checklist that identifies gender-related and women specific issues to be addressed by fund managers at each step in the investment cycle.
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Gender Equality in Marketing Practices

Lehman; San Francisco Department on the Status of Women; 2012

On September 27, 2012, the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women hosted a Gender Equality Principles Initiative (GEP) panel of experts as part of the inaugural 3% conference. The GEP panel laid out the business case for effectively using gender principles in marketing. The panel discussed Genderize Your Marketing: What You Don't Know Could Cost You.
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Gender Portrayal Guidelines

Advertising Standards Canada

Companies can refer to the principles expressed in this resource when considering consumer complaints about advertising.
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Good Practices Guide: Examples of Specific Steps Business Company Can Take in Helping End Human Trafficking

End Human Trafficking Now;

This guide provides specific examples of how a business company can take steps to help end human trafficking.
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HP Global Citizenship: California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010

The Hewlett-Packard Company; 2011.

An example of a company's disclosure under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657) provided by the Hewlett-Packard Company.
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Human Trafficking and Business: Good Practices to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking

Hunter, Philip; UN Global Compact Office, ILO, UN GIFT and IOM; April 2010

This publication presents an overview and introduction to human trafficking and the role that business can play in eliminating it. It explains in practical terms what human trafficking is, why it is an issue for business and what companies large and small can do to take action against it.
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IKEA-IWAY Standard-Minimum Requirements for Environment and Social & Working Conditions when Purchasing Products, Materials,


The IKEA Way on Purchasing Home Furnishing Products (IWAY) was first introduced in 2000, and defines what suppliers can expect from IKEA and specifies what IKEA requires from its suppliers. IWAY is based on international conventions and declarations. It includes provisions based on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the International Labor Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998), and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992). It covers working conditions, the prevention of child labor, the environment, responsible forestry management and more. Suppliers are responsible for communicating the content of the IKEA code of conduct to co-workers and sub-contractors and ensuring that all required measures are implemented at their own operations.
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ILO Standards on Forced Labour: The New Protocol and Recommendation at a Glance

International Labour Organization; 2016

The ILO has prepared this brochure in response to requests from ILO constituents for information about the new instruments and their provisions. It is intended as a reference for government officials and employers' and workers' representatives concerned with laws and policies on forced labour, as well as those responsible for the follow-up of ILO instruments.
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Live TV Marketing Guidelines

Electronic Retailing Association

The Electronic Retailing Association believes that consumer confidence is the key to the continued growth and success of the electronic retailing industry. In order to encourage fair, ethical, and responsible marketing practices that will promote consumer confidence in electronic retailing, ERA adopted the "Live TV Marketing Guidelines," which apply to all live, direct response television shopping programming ('Live DRTV') produced or disseminated by ERA members. These Live TV Marketing Guidelines in some respects exceed legal requirements, and in some respects constitute industry best practices, which may exceed reasonable and acceptable practices, and accordingly these Live TV Marketing Guidelines should be viewed as aspirational.
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Marketing to Women: Fast Facts

M2W: The Global Summit on Marketing to Women

Fast facts for marketing to women.
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Prowess: Women in Business Facts


Prowess is the UK association of organizations and individuals who support the growth of women's business ownership. Their work encompasses raising awareness, sharing of best practice, advocacy and information. Their website contains information on how to start and grow a business and includes an online research library with a number of resources pertaining to women's entrepreneurship.
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Responsible Sourcing Network

Responsible Sourcing Network, a project of As You Sow.

The Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) addresses human rights violations and environmental destruction in the supply chains of consumer products, at the raw commodity level. RSN provides a constructive space and collaborative structure for companies, investors, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders, to share best practices and take coordinated action. RSN supports network participants in leveraging their influence to achieve significant and measurable reductions in environmental degradation and human rights abuses, while seeking to spur responsible economic development for the least advantaged people.
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Self-Regulatory System for the Ethics of Advertising in Finland

Pakarinen, Auri & Tala, Jyrki; National Research Institute of Legal Policy

This study discusses the history as well as the strengths and weakness of a self-regulatory system for the ethics of advertising currently in place in Finland.
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Sustainable Supply Chains: Resources and Practices

United Nations Global Compact & Business for Social Responsibility

The United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Supply Chains website is a one-stop-shop for business seeking information about supply chain sustainability. On this website, you will find information designed to assist business practitioners in embedding sustainability in supply chains. In particular, the website presents information about sustainable supply chain: 1) Initiatives, programs, codes, standards and networks, 2) Resources and tools, and 3) Case examples of company practices. The articles are searchable by issue area, sector, region and practice category. Companies can also share information about their supply chain initiative or resource by registering on this website.
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The Business of Empowering Women

Mckinsey & Company; January 2010

This report presents a case for why and how the private sector can intensify its engagement in the economic empowerment of women in developing countries and emerging markets. The report draws on insights from interviews with more than 50 leaders and experts in the private and social sectors who focus on women's empowerment, as well as findings from a global survey of nearly 2,300 senior private sector executives, among others.
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The Global Glass Ceiling

Coleman, Isobel; Foreign Affairs; May/June 2010

Over the last several decades, it has become accepted wisdom that improving the status of women is one of the most critical levers of international development. When women are educated and can earn and control income, a number of good results follow: infant mortality declines, child health and nutrition improve, agricultural productivity rises, population growth slows, economies expand, and cycles of poverty are broken. But the challenges to improving the status of women remain dauntingly large and will demands more than the interest of the foreign aid and human rights communities, which, to date, have carried out the heavy lifting of women's empowerment in developing countries, funding projects such as schools for girls and microfinance for female entrepreneurs. It requires the involvement of the world's largest companies. This article discusses how the truly transformative shift -- both for global corporations and for women worldwide -- will occur when companies understand that empowering women in developing economies affects their bottom lines. Case studies included in this article demonstrate how companies embracing female empowerment have seen their labor forces become more productive, the quality of their global supply chains improve, and their customer bases expand. Five principles that can help guide the efforts of those corporations that are just now beginning to consider women's empowerment as a strategic aspect of their emerging-market operations are also discussed.
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The Human Rights and Business Project

Danish Institute for Human Rights

The Human Rights and Business Project is devoted to promoting sustainable social and economic development through responsible corporate human rights practices. Included on their website is a Human Rights Compliance Assessment Tool that allows companies to check their performance on human rights, including business related activities that may be related to trafficking and forced labor. Company managers or company compliance officers can examine their company operations and policies, and benchmark company performance against more than 80 international human rights conventions covering all internationally recognized human rights.
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WeConnect International

WeConnect International works with members and partners to facilitate sustainable economic growth by increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses to succeed in the global value chain. They help members diversify their supplier base to reflect their market, increase shareholder value, and enhance competitive advantage. WeConnect also understands that certification of women owned businesses is key to increasing local and global procurement opportunities for women.
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Women 2.0

Less than 5% of technology startups are founded by women. Women 2.0 is working to increase the number of female founders of technology startups, by enabling entrepreneurs with a network, resources and knowledge to take their startup from an idea to launch. Women 2.0 offers workshops and events to help women entrepreneurs learn the ropes and expose them to the inner workings of Silicon Valley.
view web, Added 12/28/2010

Women, Business and the Law 2016

The World Bank Group; International Finance Corporation; 2016

Since 2009, Women, Business and the Law has collected data about legal restrictions on women's entrepreneurship and employment in order to inform policy discussions and promote research on the linkages between the law and women's economic opportunities. Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal is the fourth in the series.
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Women's Empowerment Principles - Equality Means Business

United Nations Global Compact & United Nations Development Fund for Women

A set principles for businesses developed by the UN Global Compact and UNIFEM offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The WEP emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and seek to point the way to best practice by elaborating the gender dimension of good corporate citizenship, the Global Compact, and the role of business in sustainable development.
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