Submitted by: Global Compact Network Canada
Posted: Jan 17, 2017 – 03:07 PM EST
TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CSRwire/ - The Gender Equality Awards 2017, hosted by the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC), will recognize the efforts of businesses who are helping to advance Sustainable Development Goal #5 (gender equality).
The GCNC, the Canadian Network of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), has been active in promoting the 7 globally recognized Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To further spearhead action, the GCNC is now launching the first ever Gender Equality Awards to create awareness and award businesses who are committed to helping and achieving gender equality.
By participating in The Gender Equality Awards 2017, businesses will receive the opportunity to showcase commitment and leadership, and accelerate action. The Gender Equality Awards 2017 also aims to use received submissions as case studies to help inspire other businesses in Canada and beyond.
To enter, businesses can submit their existing gender equality initiatives and efforts to 7 different categories based on the 7 Women Empowerment Principles. The winner of each category will be determined through a public voting process. The deadline to submit entries into the Awards is February 8, 2017 and public voting opens on February 10, 2017.
The Awards will also provide the GCNC with the opportunity to identify barriers and challenges to achieving gender equality within the private sector. This is crucial in the organization’s efforts to solidifying a clear strategy and action plan that will be announced during The Gender Equality Forum 2017.
Winners will be announced and awarded at The Gender Equality Forum 2017 in Toronto, on April 3rd and 4th.
This high-level forum will bring together leaders from businesses, civil society, government and the UN to scale up efforts to advance gender equality. The forum will also provide attendees with the opportunity to witness a historical moment where an “Action Agenda” will be set to help achieve SDG #5 Gender Equality. Registration for the forum is now open.
About the Global Compact Network Canada
The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is the Canadian Network of the United Nations Global Compact - the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. The GCNC supports Canadian businesses in the implementation of the 10 Principles of the UNGC and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The GCNC unifies and builds the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices by convening and accelerating opportunities for multistakeholder collaboration.