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UN Global Compact Network Canada Target Gender EqualityTarget Gender Equality is a year-long accelerator program for participating companies of the UN Global Compact to set and reach ambitious corporate targets for women’s representation and leadership.

Through facilitated performance analysis, capacity building workshops, peer-to-peer learning, and multi-stakeholder dialogue at the country-level, companies can deepen the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and strengthen their contribution to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 5.5 which calls for women’s full participation and equal opportunities for leadership, including in economic life, by 2030.

Why Your Company Should Join Target Gender Equality

Global Compact Network Canada is offering Target Gender Equality from March 2021-March 2022. By joining the Target Gender Equality program, participating companies will receive the following benefits:

  • Confidently set ambitious and realistic corporate targets for women’s representation and leadership demonstrating commitment and action to your employees, investors and other stakeholders
  • Engage in accelerated learning opportunities, identify enabling policies and practices, and develop a tailored action plan to support accountability
  • Understand your current gender equality performance through the facilitated use of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Gender Gap Analysis Tool and explore aggregate results with peers to identify common challenges and opportunities
  • Build a network of peers, UN partners and experts to support your gender equality strategy and work collectively to tackle persistent barriers to gender equality
  • Network with colleagues across all regions in an exclusive Target Gender Equality LinkedIn Group
  • Showcase women leaders in your company who are driving contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals

Program Activities and Timeline

March – May 30, 2021: Recruitment

June – September 2021: Performance Analysis and results discussions through the WEPs Gender Gap Analysis Tool

September 2021 – February 2022: Three capacity building workshops and the completion of an Action Planning Guide to support participants to apply learnings within their company’s context

  • Workshop 1: “Setting Targets & Defining Ambition”
  • Workshop 2: “Strategies for Success”
  • Workshop 3: “Measuring & Communicating Progress”

December 2021 – March 2022: Multi-Stakeholder Action Dialogues to advocate and raise the bar for gender equality

Interested in Participating?

The following eligibility requirements apply in order to participate in the Target Gender Equality program:

  • Companies must be a Participant or Signatory of the UN Global Compact
  • Companies must be committed to strengthening corporate targets and advancing progress to increase women’s representation and leadership in business
  • Companies need to appoint two (2) representatives to participate in program activities as well as one (1) executive-level ambassador to provide support and participate in high-level activities

*Local network fees may apply

Ready to Apply?

Global Compact Network Canada is recruiting applicants from March – May 31, 2021.

Express your interest in participating here, or apply via the UN Global Compact website here .


Reach out to Brittany Gataveckas at for more information about Target Gender Equality or to discuss Global Compact Network Canada’s gender equality initiatives. 

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact were created to help businesses embrace, support and build sustainability into their core strategic and operational functions and their spheres of influence. With the COVID-19 pandemic into its second year, businesses now more than ever need to strengthen their commitments towards the Ten Principles under these four pillars: Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption which will help ensure a strong economic recovery.

With COVID-19 undoing some of the progress that has been made in these key areas while creating new challenges for consideration, how can Canadian businesses employ the Ten Principles to realign their commitments, goals and accelerate progress for responsible business conduct in the Decade of Action?

Join us for a 5-part webinar series that will bring together representatives from business and government to explore how organizations can optimize their economic recovery through a Principles-based approach and how uniting business will help accelerate progress locally and abroad.

Webinar Series

Session 1 – The 4th Industrial Revolution and Human Rights: Doing Business Responsibly in the New Era
Date: April 15, 2021
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT
This webinar aims to discuss the evolving considerations for human rights for businesses in today’s world and how businesses can future-proof human rights due diligence. The pandemic has accelerated the pace of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). For the first time, new technologies are merging the physical, digital and biological spaces affecting all disciplines, countries and sectors. The human rights treaties developed by the United Nations have outlined our understanding of human rights conduct in business for decades. As a result of COVID-19 and in light of the 4IR, it is imperative to revisit the human rights considerations from a modern world perspective.

Session 2 – Respecting Labour Rights: Business Leaders and the Changing Landscape of Decent Work
Date: May 13, 2021
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT
Businesses are only able to offer decent work if they respect and protect the rights of workers and assure compliance with labour standards. While Canada has comprehensive legislation related to labour and the workplace, the pandemic has fundamentally changed the ways that Canadians work and, in some cases, widened the gaps that prevent workers, especially women and underrepresented groups, from accessing opportunities for decent work. To future-proof business and foster resiliency in the face of crisis, companies must embed and reinforce decent work principles across their operations and supply chains. This webinar aims to discuss how businesses are viewing this changing landscape and how they are approaching decent work both within their organization and their supply chain.

Session 3 – Refocusing the Decade of Delivery: How Businesses Can Drive Ambitious Corporate Climate Action
Date: June 10, 2021
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT
Derived from the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, Environment is one of the four pillars of the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles. This Principles-based approach to business encourages organizations to “support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.” This webinar aims to discuss how Canadian companies have leveraged sustainable business models and practices to define challenges, implement solutions and measure outcomes to further drive accelerated corporate climate action.

Session 4 – Building Resilience: The Evolving Role of Corporate Governance
Date: July 8, 2021
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT
Businesses are facing a host of vulnerabilities in light of the pandemic. With supply chains having to bear the weight of quarantine measures, border closures and delays due to outbreaks in the manufacturing sector, companies are exposed to increased risks of fraud, corruption and cyber-security. To combat these challenges, businesses must reconsider their corporate governance frameworks to ensure transparency. This webinar aims to discuss how companies are re-evaluating the way of doing business and their priority considerations regarding risk management and resilience.

Session 5 – Canada and Beyond: A Principles-Based Approach to Building Back Better
Date: August 12, 2021
Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT
The pandemic has created an unprecedented shift in our approach to tackling the biggest challenges of our time. The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact within four pillars: human rights, labour rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption, are key issue areas that have been severely impacted but are fundamental in accelerating the actions needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda. This webinar aims to explore how the Government of Canada is addressing these challenge areas and what are the broader implications of Canada’s international efforts to promote the principles of sustainable development in the Decade of Action.

Past Speakers

Justine Hendricks - Senior Vice-President Sustainable Business and Enablement, EDCGeoff Pegg - Sustainability Director, TELUSEmily Rakowski - Chief Marketing Officer, EcovadisNeelam Sandhu - Vice President of Business Operations & Strategic Accounts - Office of the CEO, BlackBerryBrendan Seale - Chief Sustainability Officer, ScotiabankStephanie Vaccari - Managing Partner Canada, Baker & Mackenzie LLP