Universalia endorses the Women’s Empowerment Principles

Universalia is pleased to announce that it has joined a group of 1245 businesses from around the world in becoming a signatory of the Women's Empowerment Principles. Established by UN Women and the UN Global Compact following an extensive global consultation process, these principles offer guidance on empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are informed by real-life business practices and seek to promote corporate social responsibility.

The principles include:

  • Establishing high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
  • Treating all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination
  • Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
  • Promoting education, training and professional development for women
  • Implementing enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
  • Promoting equality through community initiatives and advocacy
  • Measuring and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality

For Dr. Marie-Hélène Adrien, President and CEO of Universalia, the firm’s commitment to gender equality is an integral part of the company’s identity and offer of services in the international development sector: "Universalia understands that gender equality and women’s empowerment play a central role in the global agenda for sustainable development both as a means and an end in its own right. More than ever, our team of experienced consultants is committed to providing gender sensitive programme and project evaluations and other services that can contribute to making international development interventions more relevant, equitable, effective and efficient. Our firm also embodies the spirit of gender equality through strong women leadership and progressive policies and practices. We strongly endorse the Women’s Empowerment Principles!"