HONG KONG, CHINA
16 June, 2020
SIG Group Holding has adopted the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as part of its commitment to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.
SIG Group Holding Chairman Shelley Tsang signed the Principles on 16 June, 2020 at a special ceremony at Hong Kong, China and was congratulated by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Women Executive Director and Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact Executive Director.
Chairman Shelley Tsang said: “We are delighted to sign up to these principles – we will be implementing them with concrete actions such as provide basic gender awareness training for all employees, ensure the company policies implemented can provide women with opportunities for promotion and development at all levels and fields, support young female leadership and provide mentorship programs for female employees, use our influence or work with other companies to advocate gender equality, carry out corporate social responsibility gender equality projects, and hope to have them in place by 2030.”
“We congratulate SIG Group Holding for taking the first step on their WEPs journey. We consider SIG Group Holding a key partner in closing gender gaps in the workplace, marketplace and community and in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.” - Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director
“Women represent half of the world’s population, yet remain under-represented in the global workforce. Not only an affront to human rights and equality, barriers to women’s empowerment also hurt economic growth. That’s why we are calling on business leaders everywhere to implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles and I want to thank you for joining the ever- growing community of WEPs signatories. We need ALL companies to get onboard, because gender equality is more than a moral responsibility. Equality means business.” - Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact Executive Director
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) guide businesses on how to promote gender equality and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Jointly established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are underpinned by international labour standards and human rights and by the recognition that businesses have an important role in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Adopting the seven principles is the best way that businesses can deliver on the ambitions for gender equality and women’s empowerment as outlined in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and in the 17 SDGs.