Global Compact Network Canada

Backgrounder

The Government of Canada is investing $858,500 in Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) to carry out a 36-month project that will engage the private sector to eliminate barriers to gender equality faced by women in the workplace. This project is funded by Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program, a priority area of which is to support women’s economic empowerment.            

Global Compact Network Canada is dedicated to empowering Canadian organizations to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Principles of the UN Global Compact. This project, entitled Gender Equality Leadership in the Canadian Private Sector, will engage participating companies and advisory partners to prepare and test an effective blueprint and create a certification system (similar to the LEED certification for environmentally-friendly building design) that will allow consumers to identify companies certified as supportive of gender equality.

To do this, the project will help define a vision for gender equality in the workplace and work to identify and address the challenges that companies currently face in achieving gender equality. The project will also create a set of tools by identifying best practices, existing tools, guidelines and business cases, and making them accessible to the public through an online platform. Finally, the project will identify options for a gender equality certification system and its applicability to Canadian companies.

Status of Women Canada – Women’s Program

One of the ways Status of Women Canada advances gender equality in Canada is by providing funding to eligible organizations through the Women’s Program. Projects are selected via calls for proposals on specific themes, as well as through a continuous intake process that allows the Women’s Program to accept applications on an ongoing basis.

The Women’s Program funds projects of 36 months or less that address systemic barriers to women’s equality in three priority areas: ending violence against women and girls; improving the economic security of women and girls; and encouraging women and girls in leadership roles. 


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