Target Gender Equality

Setting and meeting ambitious corporate targets for women’s representation & leadership

Target Gender Equality is a gender equality accelerator programme for participating companies of the UN Global Compact. Through facilitated performance analysis, capacity building workshops, peer-to-peer learning and multi-stakeholder dialogue at the country-level, Target Gender Equality will support companies engaged with the UN Global Compact in setting and reaching ambitious corporate targets for women’s representation and leadership, starting with the Board and Executive Management levels.

Companies participating in Target Gender Equality have the opportunity to deepen implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles and strengthen their contribution to Sustainable Development Goal 5.5, which calls for equal women representation, participation and leadership in business globally. Companies will be equipped with the latest data and research supporting the business case for gender equality and gain insights from UN partners and experts on how to accelerate progress on gender equality.



Confidently set ambitious and realistic corporate targets for gender equality demonstrating commitment and action to your employees, investors and other stakeholders


Understand your current gender equality performance through the facilitated use of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis Tool


Engage in accelerated learning opportunities specific to your country context


Build a network of peers, UN partners and experts to support your gender equality strategy and work collectively to tackle persistent barriers to gender equality.


Showcase women in your company who are driving business success, sustainability and contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


In order to take part In Target Gender Equality, companies are required to be participants of the UN Global Compact or willing to join, and meet the following criteria:


  • Committed to learning about corporate target setting and taking actions to increase women’s representation and leadership in business
  • Willing to appoint two representatives to participate in programme activities and events and an executive-level “Ambassador” to follow programme developments, provide support and participate in high-level events
  • Currently engaged with a Global Compact Local Network or willing to join if required by the Network


of past Target Gender Equality participants would recommend the programme to their peers

One year after programme completion,


of participants report that they have benefited from Target Gender Equality

I left the sessions inspired to continue our journey and learn from others experiences to work towards our 2030 ambitions.



Monique Slaats

Executive President People & Organization, IGM Resins

We started this program with high ambitions and many different angles on how to reach them. TGE helped us determine focus and discuss the different approaches, which ended in a stronger commitment and ready-to-use actions.

Julie Folmer-Niemann

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Advisor, ISS

The programme gave concrete guidance on what you could be doing for gender equality. It doesn’t matter what gender you are to engage in these questions. Diversity includes all of us.


Martin Bang-Löwgren

Head of Sustainability, Polaris Management

I enjoyed hearing about the practices that already exist in other companies. Very useful to share with my team!


Peipei Yang

Product Stewardship Analyst, Trivium Packaging

I enjoyed hearing about the practices that already exist in other companies. Very useful to share with my team!


Mia Møgelgaard

Impact Manager, FRITZ HANSEN

Information Session


The below programme will take place virtually in each country, complemented by further optional regional and global engagement opportunities.


  • Performance Analysis and aggregate results discussions through the WEPs Gender Gap Analysis Tool
  • Three capacity building work-shops:
    • “Setting Targets & Defining Ambition”
    • “Strategies for Success”
    • “Measuring & Communicating Progress”
  • An Action Planning Guide will support participants to apply learnings within their company’s context
  • Learning opportunities through the UN Global Compact Academy
  • Multi-stakeholder Action Dialogues to jointly advocate to raise the bar for gender equality


Company registration: 15 March 2023 – 9 June 2023
Registration deadline may vary by country. Please reach out to your Local Network to inquire about registering after 9 June 2023.

Programme begins: June 2023
(Please check the exact dates with your Global Compact Local Network)

Programme ends: March 2024

Any questions? Please contact us

Express your interest for the Target Gender Equality Accelerator

Supported by


WOMEN Inc. is an interest group that has been accelerating the emancipation of women in the Netherlands since 2005. They strive for a society with equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their gender or sex. They work in the areas of Money, Work, Healthcare and Media. To make a change, we conduct research, develop campaigns for the general public and politicians, share our knowledge and organize events and workshops to increase opportunities for women. To make a change on all levels of society they work in close cooperation with our agenda-setting network – from national to local governments, ambassadors, companies, institutions and knowledge institutes.

Their goal for girls and women in 2030 is to: have access to a labour market with a level playing field (without a wage gap and with a fair division of work and care); equal possibilities and opportunities to realize financial independence; customized healthcare, taking differences between men and women into account; representative media and education, free of stereotypes. And finally: a gender sensitive government that develops policies that create equal opportunities for everyone.

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