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Further Guidance

Examples of further guidance on gender equality include:

  • United Nations Global Compact, E-Learning Course: How Business Can Accelerate the Pace of Change: This online course helps companies understand the role of business in advancing gender equality and the concrete steps that they can take to help accelerate the pace of change.
  • United Nations Development Programme, Gender Diversity and Inclusion for a Fair Business Environment: This report presents results of a research conducted across five ASEAN countries on gender roles and stereotypes that can limit women’s leadership prospects and highlights the role of companies and their organizational policies and practices in promoting gender-equal leadership.
  • United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Gender Dimensions of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: This resource emphasizes how human rights responsibilities must include gender considerations and includes a three-step gender framework that States, business enterprises and other stakeholders could use to achieve substantive gender equality.
  • ILO, Women in Business and Management: The Business Case for Change: This report presents survey results from 13,000 enterprises across the globe and offers new insights into how gender diversity at the top improves organizational performance.
  • ILO, Women in Business and Management: Gaining Momentum: This report brings together available data and ILO statistics to provide a comprehensive global picture of women in the business world and in management positions.
  • ILO, A Quantum Leap for Gender Equality: For a Better Future of Work for All: This report highlights key gender gaps and obstacles to decent work for women.
  • ILO, Tools and Resources for Business on Non-discrimination and Equality — Gender Equality: A range of tools and reports on achieving gender equality in the workplace.
  • ILO, The Contribution of Social Dialogue to Gender Equality: A report demonstrating how industrial conversations and social dialogue improve opportunities for women and gender equality at work.
  • ILO, The Women at Work Initiative: The Push for Equality: This report outlines obstacles to gender equality at work and in society and suggests how they can be tackled by Governments and companies.
  • ILO, Maternity Protection Resource Package: Guidance and tools to strengthen and extend maternity protection to all women in all types of economic activity.
  • IFC, Investing in Women: New Evidence for the Business Case: This report demonstrates how companies can benefit from developing and implementing gender-smart solutions and includes multiple case studies.
  • World Economic Forum, Global Gender Gap Report 2021: This resource provides an overview of the barriers women continue to face as another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity.
  • Fair Labor Association, Triple Discrimination: Woman, Pregnant and Migrant, Preventing Pregnancy Discrimination among Temporary Migrant Workers, Lessons for Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand: Guidance for employers to avoid multi-factored discrimination against women in supply chains.
  • Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Business and Human Rights: A Summary of Three Thematic Learning Exchanges on the Digital Transition, National Action Plans and Feminist Approaches: This summary report presents highlights and key themes emerging from a series of online discussions hosted by the DIHR and focused on: gender in the digital transition in Eastern-South­ern Africa; gender in processes for the development of National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights (NAPs); and connecting feminist approaches and business.
  • Empower Women, Resources: Over 2,600 learning and research materials by Empower Women — a global movement focusing on women empowerment and connecting the private sector, civil society, academia, governments and international organizations from more than 198 countries.
  • Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS), SheDil: Practical tool, based on UNGPs and OECD guidance, helping businesses safeguard women and girls’ human rights in their operations. Includes a series of questions covering all due diligence steps.
  • Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Tools & Guidance: This collection of resources contains tools and guidance to strengthen connections between gender, business and human rights.
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