Gender discrimination - an introduction
Below are select introductory materials on business and gender discrimination. Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the "Gender discrimination" section of this site.
- Key international standards
- Key reports & guidance
- Concerns, company responses & non-responses
- Positive steps by companies
- Lawsuits regarding gender discrimination
Key international standards
Universal Declaration of Human Rights: articles 2, 7 and 23.2
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: articles 3, 20.2 and 26
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women: General Recommendation 24
Key reports & guidance
Global Employment Trends for Women 2008, International Labour Organization (ILO), Mar 2008
State Responsibilities to Regulate and Adjudicate Corporate Activities under the United Nations’ core Human Rights Treaties - Individual Report on the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women [PDF], Prepared for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises, With the support of The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, September 2007
Because I am a Girl: The State of the World's Girls in 2009. Girls in the Global Economy: Adding It All Up, Plan International, September 2009
World Economic Forum Launches New Gender Gap Index Measuring Inequality Between Women And Men In 58 Countries, Middle East North Africa Financial Network (MENAFN) May 2005
[PDF] World Report 2009 - Employment Discrimination against Women [scroll to pg. 430] [Ukraine], Human Rights Watch, 14 Jan 2009
Concerns, company responses & non-responses
The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct. Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding gender discrimination. We also indicate when a company has not responded.
Positive steps by companies
Global: IFC & Global Reporting Initiative launch guide on gender & sustainability reporting - full report includes examples of reporting practices by Banco Bradesco, Grasim, ITC, Nike, Vattenfall, Wipro, Woolworths Holdings, Yuhan Kimberly.
Lawsuits regarding gender discrimination
Related stories and components
Author: Europa Press
Con el fin de asegurar la igualdad de oportunidades y el desarrollo de la carrera directiva entre sus empleadas, la entidad financiera Caja Navarra (CAN) acaba de implantar lo que ha denominado 'Protocolo de maternidad' para mujeres directivas y...
Author: Roula Khalaf, Financial Times
Thanks, in part, to the 2002 UN Arab development report…women's rights have been propelled to a higher stage in the media and on to policymakers' agenda…As the FT list in this report shows, Arab businesswomen are still a relatively small club. They...
- Related stories: Financial Times examines prejudice faced by Arab businesswomen
- Related in-depth areas: Gender discrimination - an introduction
Author: DiversityInc [USA]
DiversityInc announced The 2007 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity today. The top five winners are Bank of America, Pepsi Bottling Group, AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company and Ford Motor Company.
March 8, International Women's Day: Fight Sexual Harassment, Anti-Union Aggression at PepsiCo Poland
Author: IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations)
...[T]he case of 8 victimized women workers [at PepsiCo's Frito-Lay snack food plant in Grodziesk] – all union members – is being heard [in a Warsaw court] in an ongoing legal process. These women, who were victims of, or witnesses to, sexual...
Author: International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)
The eight women workers who were fired or forced to resign in connection with sexual harassment by a supervisor are still being victimized at PepsiCo's Frito-Lay plant near Warsaw. Although the perpetrator of the alleged crimes remains imprisoned, the...
- Related stories: International food workers’ union (IUF) alleges sexual harassment at PepsiCo plant.
- Related in-depth areas: Gender discrimination - an introduction Sexual harassment - key international standards
- Related companies: Frito-Lay (part of PepsiCo) PepsiCo