Equality means business: Swiss Re supports UN Women's Empowerment Principles

Swiss Re affirms its commitment to empowering women in the workplace through a joint initiative between UN Women and the UN Global Compact Office.

Swiss Re Group CEO Michel M. Liès has signed a statement supporting the UN Women's Empowerment Principles (WEP), a set of guidelines for businesses on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

These principles, under the slogan "Equality Means Business," emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and are informed by real‐life business practices and input gathered from across the globe.

Towards diversity of thought and opinion

"Our vision is to live diversity at all levels, functions and regions of Swiss Re," says Michel Liès. "We know that harnessing women's contribution is fundamental to achieving true diversity of thought and opinion. The WEP provides a unique platform for companies to drive gender equality in the workplace, and jointly strive for change."

"The CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles offers business leaders an opportunity to signal their support for the overall goal of advancing and empowering women. We are very pleased to receive the support of a company with such broad global reach as Swiss Re," says Caterina Meier‐Pfister of the UN Women National Committee Switzerland.

Gender and corporate responsibility

More than 400 companies worldwide have signed the CEO Statement (PDF, 525 KB). The principles were jointly developed by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact.

The WEP seek to point the way to best practice by focusing on the gender dimension of corporate responsibility, the UN Global Compact, and business' role in sustainable development. As well as being a useful guide for business, the principles seek to inform other stakeholders, including governments, in their engagement with business.

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