The United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles consist of guiding principles for the empowerment of the women’s place in the business world and the society. The principles, also know with the sub-title “Equality Means Business”, emphasize the support that the importance that the companies give to man-woman equality provides to the success of their businesses, and support such with real life business experiences and “best practice” examples from all over the world. The principles communicate the correct gender policies that being a good corporate citizen requires, the Global Compact and the roles of the companies in sustainable growth. The “Women’s Empowerment Principles” has been designed with the joint efforts of UN Women’s Agency and the UN Global Compact. The principles were developed with an international process in which a wide participation was ensured and were declared on 2010 World Women’s Day.
Sabancı Holding has been the first Turkish company to sign the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles Declaration in 2011. By signing the Women’s Empowerment Declaration, Sabancı Holding has declared that it adopts and supports the approach of women-men equality at works and has lead the way for many companies in this field. The Women’s Empowerment Principles are as follows;
1.Establish high level corporate leadership for gender equality,
2.Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination,
3.Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers,
4.Promote education, training and professional development for women,
5.Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women,
6.Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy,
7.Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.