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Opportunities for women

The advancement of women’s rights and economic inclusion is a business priority.

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Unilever is in a strong position to help empower women around the world: over 70% of our consumers are women and they play essential roles in our value chain. We also engage women as growers, distributors, and factory and office employees.

Globally it is acknowledged that economically empowering women creates a ripple effect on families, communities and economies1. Often, women are the change agents within the family. Women do 60% of the world’s work and earn only 10% of the world’s income, yet they reinvest 90% of income into their families2.

Empowering women has been recognised as key to the United Nations’ new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (also known as the Global Goals). Unilever played an important role in bringing the voice of business into the formulation of these Global Goals. We advocated in particular for the adoption of a specific target on women’s empowerment. This is now Global Goal 5: to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Addressing barriers to gender equality is not just the right thing to do. It is also vital for our future growth. We consider the respect and promotion of women’s rights and the advancement of women’s economic inclusion a business priority. By promoting the formal and active participation of women in the economy, we aim to transform lives, families, communities and economies. In turn, we have the opportunity to grow our markets, brands and business.

1 Source: http://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/employment-and-growth/how-advancing-womens-equality-can-add-12-trillion-to-global-growth

2 Source: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/08/women-must-be-empowered-economically-maureen-ochem/

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