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BORUSAN BECOMES MEMBER OF UNITED NATIONS LEADERSHIP GROUP

Standing out as one of the organizations that signed the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles and acting as a role model with the social responsibility projects it has undertaken in this area, Borusan Holding is the first and only company from Turkey to be invited to join the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group. 

“Borusan is an exemplary company in terms of empowering women” 
Evaluating the importance of Borusan’s membership within the Leadership Group, Borusan Holding’s CEO Agah Uğur said the following; “The fact that Borusan was selected for the Leadership Group indicates that we have become a model company in terms of our efforts to empower women not only in Turkey but all over the world. In addition to the egalitarian policies we have implemented, we also see that our “My Mum’s Job is My Future” project, which supports getting women to work in our industry, and micro-credit branches that open the doors for women to become entrepreneurs, have also been influential in this decision. I think that Borusan being a global player in the empowerment of women is a source of pride for both our company and our country. At Borusan we are committed to working in this field and acting as a role model because if we want to build a stronger economy, create a fair society, progress in development, sustainability and human rights and increase the quality of life for our society, we first need to empower women in economic and social life.” 

Who are the members of the Leadership Group? 
Borusan is the first and only company in Turkey to join the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, known as a major player and agent on the global stage. The group consists of a total of 30 members, including Borusan Holding, academicians, non-governmental organizations, labor organizations, women’s organizations and business representatives, all of which are internationally recognized. 

Members of the group, co-chaired by UN Women Special Advisor and Former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick and Pax World Funds CEO Joe Keefe, have important responsibilities. Along with international companies such as Deloitte, Shiseido, NGOs such as the International Labor Organization and the International Finance Corporation are members of the Leadership Group. 

Members provide counseling to UN Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) teams, work to strengthen women all over the world and to increase the number of signatories. Member companies also advise WEP partners on the implementation of these principles. 

Meanwhile, they provide different sets of expertise and perspectives on business and gender equality, corporate sustainability and women’s economic development. Members of the Leadership Group are also obliged to work as role models as institutions that commit to Women’s Empowerment Principles and to ensure that other companies in the world protect and disseminate these principles. 

What are the Leadership Group’s objectives? 

Advising WEPs teams working in UN Women and UN Global Compact offices to increase the number of signatories and the participation of companies. 

Acting as role models as corporations that commit to Women’s Empowerment Principles and to ensure that other companies in the world protect these principles and disseminate them. 

Advising WEPs partnerships, particularly in matters involving the private sector, on the implementation of women’s empowerment principles. 

Bringing a variety of specializations and perspectives on (1) business and social gender equality, (2) corporate sustainability and gender equality, and (3) women’s economic empowerment and development.