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SheWorks: Enhancing Women's Employment


The private sector accounts for nine of 10 jobs in developing countries—giving it the lead role in ensuring women’s economic participation. In its WINvest report, IFC showed that implementing gender-smart measures, those proven to attract and retain female talent, can make businesses more competitive.

Building on the case for investing in women’s employment, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim launched the SheWorks global partnership at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. The partnership has brought together 13 leading companies that have committed to improving employment opportunities for more than 300,000 women by September 2016.

Led by IFC’s Gender Secretariat and supported with technical expertise from three strategic partners—including the EDGE Certified Foundation, ILO, and the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles—SheWorks is a hands-on project, focused on activating the policies that advance women’s employment and promotion. This approach puts the WINvest business case into action.

SheWorks members represent a variety of regions and sectors and regularly share knowledge and best practices. Members are conducting firm-level gender assessments, instituting mentorship and sponsorship programs to foster women’s leadership, setting effective anti-sexual-harassment mechanisms, and providing flexible working arrangements.

SheWorks Members

  • Belcorp
  • Boyner Grup
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • EY
  • Gap Inc.
  • Intel Corporation
  • Kuwait Energy
  • Odebrecht Group
  • Ooredoo Group
  • SAP SE
  • Turkish Economy Bank (TEB)
  • Zulekha Hospitals