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WINvest Knowledge Center


Improving employment conditions for women can be a win-win situation for employers and employees alike, benefiting women and families, increasing productivity, and enhancing business performance.

Launched in 2012 and housed in the IFC Gender Secretariat, WINvest (Investing in Women) was a World Bank Group global partnership with 15 private sector companies to capture and communicate the business case for investing in women’s employment opportunities.


WINvest culminated in IFC’s flagship report, Investing in Women’s Employment: Good for Business, Good for Development, which substantiates the business case in six case studies of companies in different regions and sectors. The firms invested in women’s employment and better working conditions—and realized business benefits as a result. 

Case studies discuss outcomes for Anglo American Copper, Chile (mining); Continental, Thailand (automotive parts manufacturing); Finlays Horticulture, Kenya (agribusiness); Mriya Agro Holding, Ukraine (agribusiness); Nalt Enterprise, Vietnam (garment manufacturing); and Odebrecht, Brazil (construction).


  • Anglo-American
  • Belcorp
  • Chindex
  • Hitachi
  • Istanbul Deniz Otobuesleri (IDO)
  • Kuwait Energy
  • Mriya
  • Nalt Enterprises
  • Newmont
  • Odebrecht
  • PepsiCo
  • Rio Tinto
  • Safaricom
  • Sumitomo Chemical
  • Zulekha Hospitals