Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

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What are the WEPs? Objective/Vision Stakeholders The 7 Principles #FlexForEmpowerment 

BPW Canada supports the UN Women and UN Global Compact Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and encourages the awareness, promotion and integration of the Women's Empowerment Principles into all aspects of Canadian life; including small business, all levels of government and civil society.

Women's Empowerment is a top organizational priority and we invite all stakeholders in Canada to demonstrate their support for the WEPs and encourage business leaders to implement them to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality in Canada.


What are the WEPs?

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles for businesses that offer guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

WEPs Vision

Transform corporate behaviour and intentionally position gender and women's empowerment as essential core business objectives.

WEPs Objective

Motivate and guide business to take wide-ranging actions to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and to view such action as an integral and necessary part of corporate sustainability.

How Can Stakeholders use the Seven Women's Empowerment Principles?

While designed as a tool for the private sector to strengthen company policies and programs to create a culture that can achieve gender equality, the Principles provide a platform for all stakeholders to advance their commitment to gender equality. Together we can create a Canada where women’s economic capacity is unleashed and where women are fully engaged in positions of leadership and strategic decision-making. As well as being a useful guide for business, the Principles seek to inform other stakeholders, including governments, and civil society in their engagement with business.

The Seven Principles:

1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination
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

#FlexForEmpowerment National Campaign: November 2019 - June 2020


The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women and the BPW Canada network of clubs across Canada are joining forces with the WE Empower team to highlight the #FlexForEmpowerment campaign in Canada. This collaborative initiative will serve to connect, engage and empower all stakeholders committed to advance gender equality in Canada - one community at a time. Share your stories...



BPW Canada was the founding member and continues to be in partnership with the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women (CCEW) which exists to advance gender equality and the economic empowerment of women in Canada; recognizing it is essential to build strong economies, establish more stable and just societies, and improve the quality of life for all Canadians and their families in communities across Canada.

In an effort to assist BPW Canada's commitment to gender equality, it established the CCEW. The CCEW is engaged in advancing gender equality and the economic empowerment of women in Canada using a WEPs based philosophy.

Sign the Statement of Support for the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women.

Grounded in the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), Sustainable Development Goals and leveraging the empowerwomen.org platform.

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