Corporations are key players in the global economy—often more powerful than sovereign governments and other institutions. The seminal Calvert Women’s Principles™ are the first systematic effort to apply established labor and human-rights standards that protect women specifically to corporate conduct. Calvert Women’s Principles (CWP) are emblematic of our leadership and dedication to the empowerment of women which guides our investment research, corporate advocacy and policy initiatives.
The Calvert Women’s Principles were developed in partnership with United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in 2004. This document was the first global corporate code of conduct focused exclusively on empowering, advancing and investing in women worldwide. These were designed to provide companies with a set of standards they can use to measure their progress, and provide a tool for investors to use to assess corporate performance on gender equality issues. They were the forerunners to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP), introduced by UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2010.
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