Author Archives: Marjolein Hodes

Gender Benchmark methodology addresses need for better data

Gender inequalities persist around the globe. Now more than ever, there is a need to close the global gender gap, and we believe companies are uniquely positioned to do so across their entire value chains.   While there are a growing number of resources available to support companies in their push for gender equality and women’s empowerment, stakeholders are still looking […]

Gender Benchmark – feedback received on the draft methodology

The World Benchmarking Alliance’s Gender Benchmark seeks to measure, compare and incentivise corporate impact on gender equality and women’s empowerment across the entire value chain. In its first iteration, the Gender Benchmark will focus on the apparel industry, assessing and ranking 36 of the most influential global apparel companies. Background On 16 December 2019 we […]

What goes around comes around

Written by Timothée Pasqualini, Research Analyst Although the circular economy has gained strong momentum with its holistic and sustainable principles, the global economy is still less than 8.6% circular and it is only getting worse, according to Circle Economy’s latest Circularity Gap Report report. Circular is one of the seven system transformations, the World Benchmarking Alliance has […]

Onwards, together!

I spend a lot of time at the World Benchmarking Alliance thinking about the tipping points needed to accelerate private sector action on the Sustainable Development Goals. As Strategic Engagement Lead, my work focuses on building coalitions of diverse actors – including investors, policymakers, civil society, individual citizens, and businesses themselves – who are committed […]

Third roundtable Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Benchmark and its key takeaways

In 2020, we will rank the 36 most influential global apparel companies in our Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Benchmark (GEWEB). During the development of the methodology for this benchmark, we held a third roundtable on 9 December 2019 in Bangalore, India.   This roundtable brought together 16 participants from across 12 leading global apparel […]

Farmers at WBA Farmer Roundtables 2019 emphasise social inclusion as priority for food system transformation

It is one of the most pressing questions of our time: how to feed a growing population without depleting the planet’s resources? Scientists tell us it’s possible, but it will require no less than a ‘food system transformation’; a shift towards more nutritious diets and methods of sustainable production whilst ensuring the livelihoods of farmers […]

Draft Methodology Digital Inclusion Benchmark

Today, 27 January 2020, with pleasure we publish the draft methodology for the Digital Inclusion Benchmark (DIB). Like all benchmarks we publish, it is part of WBA’s wider effort to measure and rank the 2,000 most influential companies on how they contribute to the SDGs. We kindly invite all interested stakeholders to review the methodology […]

Draft methodology Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Benchmark

Today, 16 December 2019, we are happy to publish the draft methodology for the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Benchmark (GEWEB). We invite all interested stakeholders to review the methodology and provide us with feedback by 31 January 2020 via this link.  GEWEB seeks to measure, compare and incentivise corporate impact on gender equality and women’s empowerment across the entire value chain. It starts with a spotlight on […]

About creating useful indicators for the Digital Inclusion Benchmark

As part of the development process of the Digital Inclusion Benchmark, WBA held a second consultation roundtable on November 6, 2019. This time the roundtable discussion took place in the San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.A. and WBA collaborated with the US-Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University. The roundtable is part of a series of […]