2015 Women’s Empowerment Principles CEO Leadership Awards for Business Leaders

Deadline for nominations is 14 November 2014.

Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2015 WEPs CEO Leadership Awards, which recognize business leaders for their exceptional championship of gender equality and support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The Awards salute concrete and innovative actions taken to advance the 7 Principles and particularly Principle 1: Leadership Promotes Gender Equality.

The WEPs CEO Leadership Award of the Women’s Empowerment Principles- Equality Means Business (WEPs), a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, recognizes business leaders for their exceptional championship of gender equality and support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
The Award salutes concrete and innovative actions taken to advance the 7 Principles and particularly Principle1: Leadership Promotes Gender Equality. Award recipients will have the opportunity to speak directly about their commitment at a ceremony held at the United Nations during the Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles Event in March 2015.

Award recipients will have the opportunity to speak directly about their commitment at a ceremony held at the United Nations during the Women’s Empowerment Principles Annual Event, March 2015.

Who is eligible to apply?
Nominations are open to companies who meet the following criteria:
  • CEOs (present or past) that have signed or intend to sign the WEPs CEO Statement of Support by 14 November 2014; and
  • Companies that are participants of the United Nations Global Compact or intend to become participants within the next six months
Five distinct award categories reflect that innovation and leadership comes in different forms:
1. Benchmarking for Change-
Recognizes a company for embedding accountability to achieve gender equality through meaningful metrics, indicators, and reporting to track and monitor the inclusion of women at all levels of the company’s operations.
2. Business Case for Action-
Recognizes a company for the implementation of a cross-cutting strategic initiative to sustainably establish inclusion and equality, and transform company behavior and practices.
3. Community Engagement
Recognizes a company for its alignment of values and business case applied to a long-term investment in community, leveraging community engagement to build community-driven and participatory local programmes.
4. Cultural Change for Empowerment
Recognizes a company for its public, unwavering and proactive commitment to gender equality throughout its business operations that is complemented by a record of expansive programming elevating women’s equality in the workplace and throughout their communities.
5. 7 Principles
Recognizes a company for taking coordinated action and implementing policies to deliver powerful results aligned with the 7 Principles.
When are the awardees notified?
The awardees will be notified by early January 2015. The public announcement will be made at the WEPs Annual Event in observance of International Women’s Day early March 2015. Please Note: Award recipients are expected to participate at the ceremony.
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