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 SDGs.

In 2023, WBA will assess and rank 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 will publish these results in November as our 2023 Gender Benchmark.

We will also assess all of our ‘SDG2000’ companies on the ‘fundamentals’ – the first steps that companies should be taking. We are assessing 1,000 companies in 2023 and 1,000 in 2024. We will publish our assessment of the first 1,000 companies in November 2023.

2023 Gender Benchmark

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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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As we build our Gender Benchmark we continue to engage with stakeholders across the globe through targeted communications with key organisations and representatives. We also encourage meaningful and constructive feedback. To learn more or share your thoughts, please contact

Namit Agarwal

Social Transformation Lead

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