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A global programme focused on local collaboration, driving bold business action to advance gender balance in business and accelerating progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Target Gender Equality is an accelerator programme for companies participating in the United Nations Global Compact to deepen their implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and to strengthen their contribution to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.5 which calls for women’s full participation and equal opportunities for leadership by 2030.

Through performance analysis, capacity building workshops, peer-to-peer learning and advocacy, Target Gender Equality has supported over 800 companies in more than 40 countries to date in setting and meeting ambitious targets.

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As a participating company of the UN Global Compact and Global Compact Network South Africa, your company is eligible to nominate up to three high-performing young professionals for this inaugural programme. This programme is designed to target:

  • High-performing employees at a participating company of the UN Global Compact
  • 35 years or younger
  • 5 years or more of work experience
  • Interest in business model innovation, sustainability and disruptive technologies
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  • Gain the knowledge you need to increase gender equality related legislation and diversity requirements
  • Understand your current gender equality performance through the facilitated use of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool and explore aggregate results with peers to identify common challenges and opportunities
  • Unpack the business case for gender equality and understand the benefits
    of diversity and inclusion
  • Engage in accelerated learning opportunities, identify enabling policies and practices, and develop a tailored action plan to support accountability
  • Confidently set ambitious and realistic targets for women’s representation and leadership, demonstrating commitment and action to your employees, investors and other stakeholders
  • Build a network of peers, UN partners and experts to support your gender equality strategy and work collectively to tackle persistent barriers to gender equality
  • Network with colleagues across all regions in an exclusive Target Gender Equality LinkedIn Group
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  • Gain the knowledge you need to increase gender equality related legislation and diversity requirements
  • Understand your current gender equality performance through the facilitated use of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool and explore aggregate results with peers to identify common challenges and opportunities
  • Unpack the business case for gender equality and understand the benefits
    of diversity and inclusion
  • Engage in accelerated learning opportunities, identify enabling policies and practices, and develop a tailored action plan to support accountability
  • Confidently set ambitious and realistic targets for women’s representation and leadership, demonstrating commitment and action to your employees, investors and other stakeholders
  • Build a network of peers, UN partners and experts to support your gender equality strategy and work collectively to tackle persistent barriers to gender equality
  • Network with colleagues across all regions in an exclusive Target Gender Equality LinkedIn Group
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  • Gain the knowledge you need to increase gender equality related legislation and diversity requirements
  • Understand your current gender equality performance through the facilitated use of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool and explore aggregate results with peers to identify common challenges and opportunities
  • Unpack the business case for gender equality and understand the benefits
    of diversity and inclusion
  • Engage in accelerated learning opportunities, identify enabling policies and practices, and develop a tailored action plan to support accountability
  • Confidently set ambitious and realistic targets for women’s representation and leadership, demonstrating commitment and action to your employees, investors and other stakeholders
  • Build a network of peers, UN partners and experts to support your gender equality strategy and work collectively to tackle persistent barriers to gender equality
  • Network with colleagues across all regions in an exclusive Target Gender Equality LinkedIn Group
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  • Company registration: March 2022–May 2022
  • Programme begins: July 2022 (Please check exact dates with your Global Compact Local Network)
  • Programme ends and opportunity to showcase outcomes at Target Gender Equality LIVE event: March 2023
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We will need to confirm company participation before companies are able to put forward innovators.

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Contact the Global Compact Local Network in your country to learn more and register on our website: