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Global CEOs Should Sign U.N. Women’s Empowerment Principles

In an opinion piece in Forbes’ “Leadership” blog, contributor Davia Temin highlights International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, writing, “There has been so much talk, but so little action — around women’s leadership, gender equality, and curtailing violence against women. This year, however, efforts seem to be more serious.” She describes a number of events and activities that took place in recognition of the day and continues, “But it was the U.N. that showcased what in reality has the potential to change the landscape for women in the global labor force.”

“U.N. Women and the U.N. Global Compact’s 5th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles day honored the 540 corporate CEOs around the world who have already signed on to the principles, and made the case — in my view — for every CEO around the world to do the same,” Temin notes. “I had not been aware of the Principles until this meeting, but it is clear that the U.N. is putting its full force behind them,” she continues, adding, “They coalesce years of research, experience, and best practices into one roadmap for the future. If adopted broadly, they could launch a powerful intention to change.” She concludes by listing the seven Principles and says, “The U.N. is hoping for global companies ranging from the largest corporations to the smallest entrepreneurial startups to sign” them (3/11).