Business Impact

Case studies and articles demonstrating the positive impact of business investment in girls

Businesses are increasingly contributing to girls’ development through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. They partner with governments, NGOs and UN agencies to address the issues that adolescent girls and young women face and thereby improve their educational attainment and their positions in the labour force and society as a whole. We have captured some of the most compelling CSR initiatives that are structural and measurable in nature.

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    Kellogg's - Supporting female farmers in the value chain

    Kellogg's - Supporting female farmers in the value chain

    As part of its Global Sustainability Commitments, Kellogg is identifying women farmers and workers in the value chain and developing programs to help improve their livelihoods, families and communities. This pledge also supports Sustainable Development Goal 5 of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. 

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    Nike Foundation – Girl Effect Initiative

    Nike Foundation – Girl Effect Initiative

    The Nike Foundation supports Girl Effect, an international programme that connects adolescent girls around the world to provide them with the resources and assets they need for positive development.

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    Coca Cola - ENGINE Programme

    Coca Cola - ENGINE Programme

    Coca Cola supports a number of initiatives that work with girls and young women, including the ENGINE (Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises)project. Through ENGINE, Coca Cola is helping to set up more than 170 learning spaces where teenage girls in Nigeria can learn and train in new skills

    http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/packages/sustainability/empowering-young-women-in-nigeria

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    Unilever - Sustainable Living Programme

    Unilever - Sustainable Living Programme

    As part of the Sustainable Living programme, Unilever is working to address sexual harassment of female workers on tea estates in Kenya and to create new opportunities for girls to engage in social activities and mentoring.  

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    MasterCard – Empowerment of adolescent girls

    MasterCard – Empowerment of adolescent girls

    The MasterCard Foundation works closely with BRAC in Uganda to deliver their Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents programme which provides adolescent girls with life skills training, opportunities for community participation and targeted microfinance. 

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    Standard Chartered - Goal Programme

    Standard Chartered - Goal Programme

    The Goal programme aims to empower adolescent girls from low-income communities through sports and life skills training.

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    TransUnion – Supporting girls’ education in India

    TransUnion – Supporting girls’ education in India

    TransUnion supports a number of education programmes for young girls in India and South Africa. In India, the company currently pays for 150 girls from the Katkari community to attend the Vidhayak Sansad-Eklavya Parivartan School.

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    Visa – Financial inclusion initiatives for women

    Visa – Financial inclusion initiatives for women

    Visa supports a number of initiatives aimed at providing financial inclusion and financial literacy for women.

    https://usa.visa.com/about-visa/financial-inclusion-literacy.html#2 

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    Amazon – Girls Who Code Programme

    Amazon – Girls Who Code Programme

    Amazon aims to close the gender gap in technology and engineering by hosting Girls Who Code summer immersion programmes for girls interested in coding.

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    Cisco - Girls in ICT Day

    Cisco - Girls in ICT Day

    Cisco’s contribution to Girls in ICT Day provides young women all over the world with exposure to the latest technology and engagement with industry-leading professionals.

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    Vodafone – Science scholarships for teenage girls in Ghana

    Vodafone – Science scholarships for teenage girls in Ghana

    Vodafone has partnered with the British Council in Ghana to launch a scholarship scheme which provides full high school and third level tuition for girls aged 15-16 interested in pursuing careers in science, maths and engineering.

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    Anglo American – Pro Mujer Programme

    Anglo American – Pro Mujer Programme

    The Anglo American Foundation is supporting Pro Mujer to deliver a sustainable health programme in Peru which provides over 60,000 female entrepreneurs with access to  health training and counselling services. 

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According to UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, investing in girls not only leads to economic growth, but also to increased prosperity for communities and societies. For each year a girl stays in primary education, eventual wages are boosted by 10% to 20%. Women also tend to invest 90% of what they earn into their families, translating to an average GDP growth of 0.3 percentage points for each per cent increase in female education.

Educating girls and investing in decent work for adolescent girls and young women promotes meaningful participation in politics and public life. Economically empowered girls create more productive societies. Here is a collection of articles that demonstrate this at both a regional and national level:

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    Women held back by discriminatory property rights

    Women held back by discriminatory property rights

    Women’s lack of land ownership disadvantages their security and credit status 

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    Women’s long term benefit from garment industry

    Women’s long term benefit from garment industry

    Female employees in the garment industry in Bangladesh experience long term benefits despite risky labour 

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    Investment in women's health yields returns

    Investment in women's health yields returns

    The development of women's health programmes has enabled significant returns on investment for Egyptian factories.

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    Women's empowerment in Ethiopian Airlines

    Women's empowerment in Ethiopian Airlines

    Demonstrating women’s empowerment through all female crew flight.

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    Child marriage banned

    Child marriage banned

    Legal development to protect girls from child marriage requires societal change to fully implement 

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    Women’s roles in trade unions

    Women’s roles in trade unions

    Women fight for inclusion of women’s issues in trade unions’ negotiations.

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    Challenging traditional sexual slavery

    Challenging traditional sexual slavery

    Local NGO challenges sexual slavery of girls from within her community with legal action and advocacy.

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    Women’s role in post conflict recovery

    Women’s role in post conflict recovery

    Women play key role in economic recovery of Mali post-conflict economy

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    Sanitation and hygiene promotion

    Sanitation and hygiene promotion

    Ending an outlawed practice in a country with deep-rooted cultural beliefs

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    Contraception and family planning

    Contraception and family planning

    Slow change in leaders’ perception on contraception contributes to more informed family planning.

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    Integrating women’s health into workplace assessments

    Integrating women’s health into workplace assessments

     Programmes for women’s health in the workplace can deliver up to a 4:1 return on investment (ROI) by reducing absenteeism and turnover and increasing productivity.

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    Economic empowerment for African women

    Economic empowerment for African women

    Women’s success in business depends on the convergence of many factors, including a market opportunity, adequate financing, entrepreneurial and technical skills, and networking. These matter for men’s businesses too, but evidence shows that women often face greater obstacles in accessing them.

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    Budgeting with women in mind

    Budgeting with women in mind

    Need for gender initiatives to become well integrated within the more general budget processes and to demonstrate their utility. The initiatives also need to gain broad political support to avoid falling victim to a change of government

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    Female entrepreneurs face a $320bn credit gap

    Female entrepreneurs face a $320bn credit gap

    Improving the lives of women and girls, while at the same time generating financial returns, is gaining traction in emerging economies as well as the developed world.

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    Unpaid care work

    Unpaid care work

    Tax policies play a crucial role in determining inequalities. Therefore, progressive national tax reforms and improvements in global governance accountability are vital to effect positive change and achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, including the target on unpaid care work.

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    Women's participation in political leadership

    Women's participation in political leadership

    Greater equality between the sexes in human capital investments and economic opportunities, female underrepresentation persists in political leadership positions and in the highest-paying jobs.

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    Global Gender Gap Report

    Global Gender Gap Report

    The Global Gender Gap report quantifies the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time, with a specific focus on the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy and politics.

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    The Femicide Census

    The Femicide Census

    The Femicide Census is a database currently containing information on almost one thousand women killed by men in England and Wales since 2009. It is a ground-breaking project which aims to provide a clearer picture of men's fatal violence against women by allowing for detailed tracking and analysis.

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