WEPs & RIO+20 Update

Dear All

I am pleased to share the news that the WEPs website is live, at http://www.weprinciples.org.  The launch of the website was announced at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum (CSF) on 18 June (live webcast at: http://webtv.un.org).
There is much information that can be reviewed on the website including the new tools and resources. BPW International has provided input into the ongoing development of resources through our contribution to the WEPs Leadership Group and annual WEPs meetings in New York during March. More recently we presented at the WEPs side event during CSF and collaborated with the UN Global Compact to produce the Cracking the Ceiling. Raising the Floor flyer [also launched during a CSF side event]. The flyer has a reference to BPW International which we are very please about and can be accessed at: http://weprinciples.unglobalcompact.org/files/attachments/41.pdf
The website will promote greater transparency around corporate efforts to implement the WEPs, and we encourage all BPW affiliates that have contributed CEO Statement signers to submit links to annual or other reports communicating progress on implementing women’s empowerment and gender equality by emailing: womens-empowerment-principles@unglobalcompact.org. The WEPs reporting guidance (http://weprinciples.org/files/attachments/29.pdf) offers specific suggestions for best practice reporting.
BPW International joined the UN Global Compact, existing partners ITC and We Connect International to reaffirm our commitment to the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors and more specifically WEPs principle #5.  I made an announcement jointly with Amanda Ellis, Head of NZ Aid Programme after a corporate luncheon with Michelle Bachelet. We further entered into an in principle agreement to work with SEBRAE [Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service] through BPW Brazil to secure a strong delegation of Brazilian women to attend the 2nd Global Platform for Action in Mexico City. BPW Brazil will also now work with Itaipú [hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River; Latin American controlled by the Brazilian and Paraguayan governments and signatory of the WEPs] to raise awareness around the WEPs and EPD.
The Future We Want Outcome document is now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish and can be accessed at: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/thefuturewewant.html

Freda Miriklis
President, BPW International  2011-2014
International Federation of Business and Professional Women

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