18 March 2022
The Weekly
South Africa

Woolworths Holdings has become the first major South African retailer to be a signatory to the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, known as UN Women. The Women Empowerment Principles (WEP) are a set of seven guidelines that offer direction to companies on how to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in the workplace and in communities. Through its Inclusive Justice Initiative, Woolworths is striving to address all forms of discrimination and injustice, driving programmes aimed at building an organisation that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, with a very specific focus on inclusive justice for women. Established in 2010, the WEP are informed by international labour and human rights standards and grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment. The WEPs are a framework to guide organisations on the delivery of gender equality dimensions of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.