Since the launch of our Gender Benchmark methodology on 31 March, we’ve connected with a number of target companies who have expressed concern around their ability to deliver to our original timelines given the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking into account these concerns, we will undertake a phased approach and plan to publish the following:
Baseline report of gender in the apparel industry (September 2020)
This report will review the current level of data disclosure regarding gender equality and women’s empowerment in the apparel sector and will be based on publicly available information only. It will include industry-wide findings and good practices, company-level profiles, and an overview of company responses to COVID-19.
First iteration of the Gender Benchmark (exact timing to be confirmed, with an aim for Q1 2021)
This publication will include a full ranking and detailed company scorecards, as well as the scoring guidelines used to determine them. It will be based on both publicly available information as well as internal documents provided by companies.
In Q4 2020, WBA’s Gender team will be hosting (virtual) multi-stakeholder convenings focused on specific gender issues (e.g., Health & well-being; Violence & harassment) based on the findings of the baseline report. These sessions can highlight practical steps that companies can already begin to take in their journey toward gender equality and women’s empowerment and guide companies to the resources they could consult.
Aviva is one of the world’s largest insurance and asset management companies, its history tracing back more than 300 years. It has operations in 16 markets around the world, but through its investment portfolio, Aviva’s reach extends to a broader and larger group of consumers. The company is a LEAD member of the Global Compact; a founding member of both the UN Principles of Responsible Investment and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative. It is also a frontrunner in responsible investments, using its influence to support more sustainable business and ultimately a more sustainable economy and society. Aviva is an active contributor and user of different corporate sustainability benchmarks, including a founding member of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. Aviva’s CEO Mark Wilson is a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) and is personally committed to driving forward the sustainable development agenda and the creation of the WBA.
The Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy. Its flagship report Better Business, Better World, launched in January 2017, maps the economic prize for companies that align with the SDGs, and shows how to achieve them. The report includes the creation of SDGs benchmarks as one of the key recommendations. The Business Commission aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable and inclusive economy, if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are achieved. In its flagship report, Better Business, Better World, the Commission describes how business can contribute to delivering these goals. Chaired by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, the Commission include 37 leaders from business, finance, civil society, labour, and international organisations from around the world.p>
Index Initiative is a centre of expertise in benchmarking corporate performance against stakeholder expectations. It seeks to propel the use of benchmarks to engage and bring purpose and clarity on the role of companies in contributing to the SDGs closest to their core business. A non-profit based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Index Initiative’s research and benchmarks are free and accessible to all. Index Initiative will conduct the global consultation on the World Benchmarking Alliance.
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors.