Ecosystem Landscaping to advance the Accountability to implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles in ASEAN

This report, developed by UN Women’s WeEmpowerAsia programme and the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Responsible Supply Chains in Asia programme, provides policymakers, companies, civil society, employer organisations and other stakeholders in the ASEAN region with comprehensive details on reporting and implementing the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)-related policies. 

The report argues that although the WEPs are specifically tailored for the private sector, the public sector plays an important and complementary role in the WEPs implementation, specifically by providing incentives, regulation, and oversight. The public sector’s most essential contribution to the WEPs is its implementation of a transparent system of monitoring and gender data collection, where corporate reporting of gender equality measures is standardized, public, and consistent. What is not measured, after all, cannot be achieved. The research also informed the development of a new global gender-reporting framework, titled The WEPs Transparency & Accountability Framework, a tool to improve reporting practices for responsible business in the workplace, marketplace, community, and society at large. 

UN Women gratefully acknowledges the collaboration of the ILO and Value for Women in the production of this report. UN Women is also grateful to the European Union for supporting this report through the support of both the WeEmpowerAsia Programme and the Responsible Supply Chains in Asia Programme. 

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Asia and the Pacific

Subject area(s): Economic empowerment; Employment; Entrepreneurship; Gender equality and women’s empowerment

Resource type: Research and programme; Research papers

Publication year: 2021

Number of pages: 161