Civic and Community Engagement

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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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Blueprint For Corporate Sustainability Leadership

United Nations Global Compact; 2010

A new model of leadership within the Global Compact, designed to inspire advanced performers to reach the next level of sustainability performance. Identifies leadership criteria linked to implementation of principles, efforts to support development objectives and engagement in the Global Compact.
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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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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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Levi Strauss & Co.

Companies Leading the Way: Putting Principles into Practice; UNIFEM, United Nations Global Compact; March 2010

Is one of the world's leading manufacturers of blue jeans and other apparel. Established in 1952 and based in San Francisco, California, the Levi Strauss Foundation is a private foundation organized by Levi Strauss & Co. that provides grants to community-based organizations in countries where Levi Strauss & Co. does business. In 2008, the Levi Strauss Foundation paired with Business for Social Responsibility to expand the HERproject peer health education training to 6 factories throughout Egypt. The HERproject connects businesses with health educators who train employees in reproductive health, maternal health nutrition, disease prevention, and the accessing of health services. In addition to supporting the HERproject, Levi Strauss has also sponsored an intensive return-on-investment study in the hope of demonstrating that health awareness promotion can have substantial economic benefits to an employer. These educational efforts will help women protect themselves against disease and thus empowers them to promote their basic human rights. In 1999, the Levi Strauss Foundation paired with the Asia Foundation to create grassroots programs aimed at providing female Chinese migrant workers with accessible career and human rights information. The program includes training in areas such as labor rights awareness, women's health, legal rights, occupational health and safety, and asset building. The program was the first effort of its kind in China and has provided a model for several other global companies doing business in China's industrial regions.
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National Association of Women in Construction

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network.Today, NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.
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National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS)

IWITTS is a national organization that provides tools to educational institutions, police departments, employers, and women and girls themselves to help successfully integrate women into non-traditional and male-dominated careers -- such as technology and law enforcement -- via trainings, publications, products, e-strategies, and research projects. Careers can range from automotive technician to pilot, computer networking technician, telecommunications engineer, electrician and police officer.
view web, Added 2/16/2010

Older Women Workers and Economic Security

U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau; February 2015

On average, women earn less than men with each paycheck, which causes a significant gender disparity in earnings over a lifetime. As a result, women often lack the financial resources needed in old age. This fact sheet addresses the economic needs of older women, their sources of income, and the gender wage gap by race and ethnicity.
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Pathways out of the crisis: CSR as a strategic tool for the future

Bertelsmann Stiftnug, 2010

This guide discusses how corporate social responsibility (CSR), as a strategic management tool, helps companies prepare for the future and equips them to deal with crisis situations. It highlights cases in which companies benefit from socially and ecologically responsible management, and others in which social engagement that has no connection to a company's core business tends to fall victim to cost-cutting measures. CSR provides a way for private industry to join together with policymakers and civil society to work for the common good all over the world.
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Pressured, Nike to Help Workers in Honduras

Greenhouse, Steven; The New York Times; July 26, 2010

On July 28, 2010, facing pressure from universities and student groups, the apparel maker Nike announced that it would pay $1.54 million to help 1,800 workers in Honduras who lost their jobs when two subcontractors closed their factories and failed to pay severance to their workers. This articles discusses this and other cases involving overseas apparel factories in which an image-conscious brand like Nike shows its sensitivity - advocates might say vulnerability - to campaigns led by college students who often pressure universities to stand up to producers of college-logo apparel over workers' rights.
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Proctor & Gamble: Social Responsibility

Companies Leading the Way: Putting Principles into Practice; UNIFEM, United Nations Global Compact; March 2010

('P&G'), the international consumer products company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, recently announced a joint venture with the United Nations' Children's Fund ('UNICEF') to raise money for tetanus vaccinations in the Democratic Republic of Congo through the sale of Pampers diapers. For each packet of Pampers purchased over a three-month period in the United Kingdom, P&G pledged to donate the money for one tetanus vaccine. Tetanus, a disease long ago eliminated as a concern for new mothers in the developed world, claims the lives of an estimated 250,000 newborns and 30,000 mothers worldwide each year. The program appears to be a win-win for both P&G and the Democratic Republic; sales of Pampers diapers outpaced projections during the program, and as a result, 7.4 million people will receive life-saving vaccinations.
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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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Women Create A Sustainable Future

Kellie A. McElhaney & Sanaz Mobasseri; UC Berkeley Haas School of Business; October 2012

"Women and sustainability are two sides of the same coin. Corporations build better societies if they have balanced boards." This paper by Kellie McElhaney and Sanaz Mobasseri sets out to identify the relationships between women directors and corporate sustainability.
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Women in Construction: Still Breaking Ground

National Women's Law Center; 2014

"The share of women in the construction industry has remained shockingly low - under 3 percent - for decades, due in large part to the discrimination that blocks women from entering and staying in the field. Sexual harassment and hostility, lack of mentors, and stereotyped assumptions about women's capabilities all contribute to the problem. Unequal access to construction jobs in turn negatively affects women's income, as traditionally male fields pay higher wages and have a lower wage gap than those dominated by women. More must be done to reverse this trend in construction, and the growth of women's participation in similar nontraditional fields shows that it is possible."
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Women Matter 2013: Gender Diversity in Top Management; Moving Corporate Culture, Moving Boundaries

Devillard, Sancier, Werner, Maller, & Kossoff; McKinsey & Company; November 2013

This new report is the latest in the Women Matter series. The paper notes that progress on gender diversity has been made in recent years and momentum has increased, but it also confirms that women are still underrepresented at the top of corporations, across all industries and at a global level. This report focuses on the role of mindsets and corporate culture.
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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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