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WINvest Knowledge Center



Promoting adequate employment conditions for women can be a win-win situation for employers and employees alike, bringing benefits to women and increasing productivity as well as business performance.


Launched in 2012, WINvest (Investing in Women) is the World Bank Group’s global partnership with the private sector on women’s employment. Housed in IFC’s Gender Secretariat, the partnership joins together the expertise of private sector companies  and the Bank Group in developing innovative approaches and proving best practices to advance working conditions and employment opportunities for women, while improving business performance.



WINvest’s Aims


  • Raise the profile of companies operating in emerging markets that are promoting greater inclusion of women in their workforce
  • Capture and communicate the business rationale for where and when improving working conditions for women can result in higher business performance
  • Provide a peer learning platform to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practice on women’s employment
  • Identify and provide guidance on successful approaches that can be replicated in other companies




  • Anglo-American, Mining, Global
  • Belcorp, Cosmetics, Peru
  • Chindex, Health, China
  • Hitachi, Electronics, Japan
  • Istanbul Deniz Otobuesleri (IDO), Transport, Turkey
  • Kuwait Energy, Oil & Gas, Kuwait
  • Mriya, Agribusiness, Ukraine
  • Nalt Enterprises, Garments, Vietnam
  • Newmont, Mining, Global
  • Odebrecht, Construction, Brazil/Africa
  • PepsiCo, Food & Beverage, Asia-Pacific
  • Rio Tinto, Mining, Global
  • Safaricom, Telecom, Kenya
  • Sumitomo Chemical, Chemicals, Japan
  • Zulekha Hospitals, Health, UAE


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