Every Purchase Matters – How can you make a difference?
With 85 to 90 percent of sweatshop workers being women and only 11 percent of US companies providing formal paid familial leave to employees, companies play a huge role in the economic empowerment of women all over the world. Supporting companies that provide equal, livable wages and safe, dignified work environments for women through your purchasing habits can create a shift towards gender-responsive corporate policies. But how do we know which companies are actually supporting these principles effectively? This discussion is aimed to facilitated conversations about how individuals can better leverage their purchasing power to support women’s economic empowerment.
1. How do you think your own purchases could support women’s economic empowerment globally?
2. What role do you think companies should play in contributing to women’s economic empowerment globally?
3. What tools can companies use to evaluate their gender-responsive policies and programmes and how can this information best be disseminated to consumers?