Gender Equality Leadership in the Canadian Private Sector
The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is proud to announce that the Government of Canada is investing in funding the GCNC for a three-year project for engaging the private sector as a responsible accelerator to eliminate barriers faced by women in the workplace.
This three-year project is entitled Gender Equality Leadership in the Canadian Private Sector. It will focus on engaging corporate partners to develop, test, and implement a set of tools leading to a blueprint for gender equality in the private sector, and a certification methodology.
The project will work towards:
- Defining what Gender Equality at the workplace looks like – what is it that we are trying to achieve? How will we recognize a company where Gender Equality exists? What is the vision? The Women’s Empowerment Principles will be used as a foundation for this step.
- Identifying and addressing the wicked challenges and barriers that we, as companies and as a society, face in making this vision a reality.
- Identifying existing tools, best practices, guidelines and business cases and making those accessible to all through an online platform/database system.
- Identifying and discussing gender equality certification options, methodology and applicability for the companies in Canada to further showcase their leadership.
Helle Bank Jorgensen, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor of the Global Compact Network Canada (left) with the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women (right) at the Gender Equality Forum 2017.
In this project, we will be addressing the known barriers and ‘wicked challenges’ of workplace gender equality. The project aims to accelerate action by working with the input of 20 participating companies in Canada who are to become gender equality mentors and leaders. The participating companies in the first year of this 3-year project can be found below.
In the second and third year of the project, the rest of the companies will be added to improve and test the applicability of the blueprint. The GCNC is also working with several advisory partners who are providing insight throughout the project. These partners can also be found below.
News and Resources
On March 8th, 2018, International Women’s Day, the GCNC and Status of Women Canada announced the project in Ottawa with the Honourable Minister of Status of Women, Maryam Monsef. Attendees included representatives from participating companies and advisory partners. The announcement included speeches from Minister Monsef, Helle Bank Jorgensen, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor of Global Compact Network Canada, Mona Fortier, MP for Ottawa-Vanier, and senior representatives from participating companies (IKEA, Nutrien, and Export Development Canada).
Thus far, completed steps in this project include:
- Organized workshops with participating companies and advisory partners to identify the wicked challenges and discuss the solutions for gender equality
- Created the first draft of the blueprint for gender equality including the vision and roadmap for workplace gender equality the private sector
- Gathered gender equality tools, best practices, guidelines, and business cases to be organized in an accessible online database
- Held a year-end workshop with all participating companies and advisory partners to discuss the first draft of the blueprint and gather feedback to incorporate in the second draft of the blueprint
From left to right: Ayman Chowdhury, Project Leader at Global Compact Network Canada, Nabeela Ixtabalan, Deputy Country Retail Manager at IKEA, Helle Bank Jorgensen, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor of the Global Compact Network Canada, Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, Mona Fortier, MP for Ottawa-Vanier, Catherine Decarie, Senior Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at EDC, Candace Laing, Senior Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations at Nutrien, Robert Fosco, Vice-President Corporate Social Responsibility at EDC at the project announcement in Ottawa.
Company participants and advisory partners at a workshop to discuss the ‘wicked challenges’ of gender equality on June 12, 2018 in Toronto.
We are currently in the process of:
- Finalizing the process to select new participating companies for the second year of the project
- Incorporating feedback from participating companies and advisory partners into blueprint draft
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