Gender inequality is a social issue that cuts across systems, geographies, and industries. Women experience adverse impacts of business activities differently and disproportionately. They have historically been discriminated against owing to existing harmful norms and power structures.

By addressing the barriers to gender equality and empowering women within the private sector, huge, positive gains can be made in the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2023 we published our second Gender Benchmark, assessing and ranking 112 companies from the apparel and food and agriculture sectors, looking at the policies, processes and practices that companies should have in place in order to achieve this.

We also assessed 1,006 companies from ten sectors spanning more than 80 countries on the ‘fundamentals’ – the first steps that companies should be taking to address gender inequality.

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Gender Benchmark 2021

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  1. Publication of our Scoping Report for the Gender Benchmark

    September 2018

  2. Publication of our Methodology for the 2021 Gender Benchmark

    March 2020

  3. Publication of our Gender Benchmark Baseline Report

    September 2020

  4. Publication of our 2021 Gender Benchmark

    29 June 2021

  5. Publication of our Methodology for the 2023 Gender Benchmark

    April 2023

  6. Publication of our 2023 Gender Benchmark and assessment of 1,000 companies

    November 2023

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Are you a stakeholder working to hold companies accountable for their responsibility to drive and promote gender equality in their supply chains? Or would you like to learn more about our work? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Namit Agarwal

Social Transformation Lead

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