The report—SheWorks: Putting Gender-Smart Commitments into Practice—highlights private sector approaches and learning in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women. It draws on global business case data, practical guidance, best practices, and lessons learned shared by SheWorks members and strategic partners to show how companies across regions and sectors can further invest in their female talent to strengthen the bottom line.
Chapter 4 'Supporting Women in the Value Chain as Employees and Entrepreneurs' makes the case for gender diversity in value chains, present best practices and the following lessons learnt:
Including more women in the value chain as employees and entrepreneurs can be challenging in the absence of gender-disaggregated baseline data and a commitment to diversity throughout the company. Best practices from different regions and industries show that creating and sustaining gender-diverse value chains should be at the core of companies’ strategic business development goals and not just a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. SheWorks members recommend taking small steps and starting initiatives in one region or location and then expanding efforts to include other business locations. Here are a few lessons that SheWorks members have learned as they strived to make their value chains more gender diverse: