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Nearly 700 Companies Champion the Women’s Empowerment Principles, Commit to Advance Gender Equality, Reduce Discrimination and Monitor Progress
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New York, March 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are essential drivers in expanding economies worldwide. When more women work, economies grow. As the private sector is the engine driving 90 percent of today’s jobs, addressing chronic gender equality must be a top priority for the business community as well as other stakeholders. This was the message delivered today at the 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Event, Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge.

BSR, Walmart Launch Women's Empowerment Program to Train More than 26,000 Supply Chain Workers in China

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San Francisco, March 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ - On the eve of International Women’s Day, BSR and the Walmart Foundation are launching Women in Factories China, a three-year initiative that will train more than 26,000 women factory workers in job readiness, life, and leadership skills—in an effort to build a strong pipeline of female leaders in China.

BSR Launches Online Platform to Create Training Materials on Women’s Health in Developing Countries

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San Francisco, May 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ — BSR’s new online tool will help educators in developing countries create culturally accurate training materials on a variety of health topics for women working in factories and farms.

Mondelez International's Cocoa Life Extends its Leadership Advancing Women's Rights in Cocoa Farming

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- Commits to Report on Gender Rights, Extend Programs and Advocate for Industrywide Action

- Signs United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles

- Supports Key Pillar of Company's $400 Million Cocoa Life Sustainability Initiative

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- Commits to Report on Gender Rights, Extend Programs and Advocate for Industrywide Action

- Signs United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles

- Supports Key Pillar of Company's $400 Million Cocoa Life Sustainability Initiative

BSR Wins US$1.77 Million Grant from Dutch Government to Invest in Women’s Health

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has awarded a US$1.77 million grant to BSR’s HERproject, a peer-to-peer education program on women’s sexual and reproductive health that has reached more than 200,000 female workers in more than 150 factories and farms in eight countries: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, and Vietnam. BSR will use the grant to expand HERproject, particularly within Asia and Africa. 

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands has awarded a US$1.77 million grant to BSR’s HERproject, a peer-to-peer education program on women’s sexual and reproductive health that has reached more than 200,000 female workers in more than 150 factories and farms in eight countries: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, and Vietnam. BSR will use the grant to expand HERproject, particularly within Asia and Africa. 

HERfinance: Empowering Workers in the Supply Chain Through Financial Inclusion

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More than 2.5 billion people worldwide do not participate in the formal financial system. With the majority of the world's working poor employed in global supply chains, businesses can expand access to finance while benefitting through improved employee loyalty, stronger supplier relationships, and a more stable workforce. 

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More than 2.5 billion people worldwide do not participate in the formal financial system. With the majority of the world's working poor employed in global supply chains, businesses can expand access to finance while benefitting through improved employee loyalty, stronger supplier relationships, and a more stable workforce. 

With 550 Corporate Champions, Women’s Empowerment Principles Drive Critical Private Sector Change to Advance Gender Equality and Inclusion

Inaugural WEPs Leadership Awards Salute Five CEOs as Champions
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New York,  March 6, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Bolstered by nearly 550 chief executive supporters around the world, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, highlighted the urgency to achieve gender balance at all levels of business operations at today’s 5th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Event, Inclusion: Strategy for Change.

Freeport-McMoRan Awards $25K Grant to the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center for Women’s Program

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Feb. 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix, Arizona, to support the group’s women’s empowerment program.

SARRC’s Young Women’s Empowerment Series: Education and Support for Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders, is a new program that focuses on women 18 and older who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Focus on Cairo: Sustainable Urban Growth Amid Transition and Uncertainty

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Raj Sapru, Director, Advisory Services and Julia Beier, Analyst, BSR 

As part of BSR’s multipart series on sustainable urban growth, we recently spoke with several influential stakeholders about the outlook for Cairo, a city that has experienced tremendous political change in the past few years.

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