The CEOs from HCL and Wipro from India were amongst the five CEOs that were honoured by UN Women and UN Global Compact.

The CEOs of  WIPRO and HCL received leadership award by the UN Global Compact and UN Women for their work on the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

The 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Event, Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge, showcased the initiative’s second WEPs Leadership Awards to salute CEOs.

They were honoured for their exceptional championship of gender equality and support for the seven Principles, in particular Principle One, which urges companies to establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.  The CEOs from HCL and WIPRO from India were amongst the five CEOs that were honoured. WEPs Leadership Awards Salute Five CEOs as champions.

The companies and individuals receiving the WEPs Leadership Awards 2014 are:

  • Wipro Limited, based in India, and T.K. Kurien, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board, are recognized with the WEPs Cultural Change for Empowerment Award 2014 for proactive commitment to gender equality throughout business operations and developing innovative programs that respond to women’s multiple responsibilities and societal expectations.
  • HCL Technologies, India, and Anant Gupta, President and Chief Executive Officer, are recognized with the 7 Principles Award 2014 for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy that integrates the WEPs principles within the company’s internal operations, while externally supporting and strengthening gender equality in its communities.
  • Boyner Holding, Turkey and Cem Boyner, Chief Executive Officer, are recognized with the WEPs Benchmarking for Change Award 2014 for embedding accountability through meaningful metric, indicators and reporting to track and monitor the inclusion of women at all levels of operations.
  • Pax World, USA, and Joseph Keefe, President and Chief Executive Officer, are recognized with the WEPs Business Case for Action Award 2014 for incorporating gender analysis in investment research and holding gender equality as an indicator of investment worthiness.
  • The Coca-Cola Company, a global enterprise, and Muhtar Kent, Chief Executive Officer, are recognized with the WEPs Community Engagement Award 2014 for investing along the company’s value chain in women entrepreneurs, skilling up and scaling up inclusive economic empowerment for five million women by 2020.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, 250 leaders from business, Government, civil society, and academia joined UN Women and the UN Global Compact in highlighting not only the challenge, but also policies, models and lessons to realizing gender equality in the workforce.

“I applaud the companies and leaders that have signed onto the Women’s Empowerment Principles. By promoting women’s equality, we make progress for all,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director. “When we empower women and girls through education and training, and support their full participation and leadership through equal opportunity, we advance equitable and inclusive economic growth and reduce poverty. It’s a win-win situation.”

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), between 45 and 50 million new jobs are needed each year over the next decade just to keep up with the growth of the world’s working age population and reduce the unemployment caused by the global financial crisis.


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