UN Women’s Major Partners
The Angelica Fuentes Foundation
The first foundation in the world solely dedicated to empowering Latin American women and girls, the The Angélica Fuentes Foundation focuses on advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality through direct social investment, major partnerships and public policy change. UN Women and The Angélica Fuentes Foundation signed a collaboration agreement in 2014. The partnership includes a USD 1 million donation to fund programmes dedicated to the social, economic and political empowerment of women. The Foundation supports the Fund for Gender Equality, campaigns around the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action a study on women’s economic empowerment in Latin American and the Caribbean and UN Women's HeForShe campaign.
UN Women appointed Ms. Fuentes to its Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council in 2015. The Council is comprised of prominent private sector leaders whose companies have a global footprint and have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the empowerment of women and girls.
Cheryl Saban Self Worth Foundation for Women and Girls
The Foundation advocates for women and girls to have equal access to opportunities and resources in order to fight violence against women, achieve equitable outcomes, equal pay and more balanced political representation.
It is in this spirit that The Cheryl Saban Self Worth Foundation has been partnering with UN Women and providing funding for three consecutive years to our global work on gender equality and women’s empowerment and advocacy for the prevention and ending of violence against women. Moreover, the Foundation supported UN Women Beijing+20 commemoration event in March 2015.
The L’Occitane Foundation
The L’Occitane Foundation has funded UN Women programmes aimed at improving the economic empowerment of women dairy entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso, supporting UN Women’s efforts to improve their access to resources to build businesses, increase the quantity and quality of dairy production, and influence supportive national policies and practices. In 2016, the Foundation will be supporting projects to economically and politically empower women at a global level under UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality.
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation has supported UN Women by providing funding for grass-roots women to participate in the Rio+20 global conference on sustainable development in 2012. The initiative aimed to ensure rural women’s voices were heard and their concerns reflected in the international agreement negotiated at the conference. The Foundation also made an important contribution to the Rural Women Feed Africa programme, which seeks to enhance rural women’s food security by improving their access to resources, markets, finance and technology.
The UNHATE Foundation
In 2014, the UNHATE Foundation (of the Benetton Group) funded UN Women’s Safe Cities project in Kigali through a youth song competition entitled “Sing YES to a City Free of Violence against Women and Girls”. The song competition was a tool to engage young people in transformative creative activity aimed at changing social norms around violence against women and girls. The UNHATE Foundation has also provided funding for “Orange Day”, celebrated on the 25th of every month, in support of the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. In 2015, UNHATE Foundation has continued the support to the Kigali project focusing specifically on providing educational programmes and tools to build awareness on violence against women and its prevention, starting with youth.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation funded the research and development of UN Women’s 2015 flagship report Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: transforming Economies, Realizing Rights. Launched in April 2015, the report focuses on women’s economic and social rights, using a human rights framework. It has been printed in English, French and Spanish, with nearly 50,000 copies in total. The Foundation recently signed a new agreement with UN Women to support the next edition of the flagship report, to be launched in 2017-2018.
Zonta International Foundation: Towards Ending Violence
Zonta International and the Zonta International Foundation have been long-standing partners of UN Women and crucial allies in global efforts to end violence against women. From 2008-2014, Zonta funding for UN Women’s Safe Cities programmes resulted in improvements in infrastructure and security measures to prevent violence in urban spaces. Zonta’s continued strong support and funding has helped expand much-needed services for women and girl survivors of violence. The partnership has also made it possible to invest in strategies to prevent violence, by mobilizing communities around cultures of non-violence, and engaging men and boys to stand up against it. Zonta-backed programmes make significant contributions to global knowledge on what works in stopping violence.
Private Sector Leaders Advisory Council
In 2014, UN Women’s Executive Director established a Private Sector Leaders Advisory Council whose members commit to accelerating economic and social progress for women and girls worldwide by combining their expertise, reach and resources for greater results. It is expected that each of the corporate sector members will deepen their engagement with UN Women through partnership agreements in support of the organization’s priorities.
The Coca-Cola Company: Accelerating Women’s Economic Empowerment
UN Women’s partnership with The Coca-Cola Company’s global “5 BY 20” initiative aims to increase the empowerment of women entrepreneurs. Coca-Cola is providing funding for UN Women programmes in Egypt, Brazil and South Africa to provide better access to business skills training, financial services and support networks of peers and mentors.
The Coca-Cola Company has also signed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, developed by UN Women and the UN Global Compact to bolster corporate leadership for gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.
Proya, a cosmetic industry leader in China, partnered with UN Women in 2013 and became the first Chinese company to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). PROYA has contributed financially to UN Women and supports several of its gender equality programmes in China, in the areas of equal employment, labour protection, climate change and disaster risk reduction, and corporate social responsibility, as well as the China Gender Fund for Research and Advocacy—which funds innovative projects that support research and advocacy on a wide variety of gender issues.
In November 2015, 38 of Proya’s client companies also signed on to the WEPs.
Supporting efforts to foster women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship and global partnerships, Tupperware Brands contributes to UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) to support initiatives worldwide that advance the political and economic empowerment of women. In addition, the company uses its grass-roots networks in 80 countries around the world to raise awareness of the HeForShe campaign and enlist support from men. With nearly 3 million global salesforce members, Tupperware Brands has engaged its salesforce and continues to support UN Women to advance global women’s economic empowerment. Tupperware’s CEO, Rick Goings, is a founding member of UN Women’s Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council, a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), and a HeForShe IMPACT Champion. Along with nine other Corporate Impact Champions, Tupperware Brands helped release the inaugural HeForShe Parity Report at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
UN Women and Microsoft have formed a partnership to apply technology to gender equality and empower women worldwide. Microsoft will support UN Women’s mandate in four main areas: building capacities, enhancing technology infrastructure, innovation and surfacing knowledge, and the empowerment of women and youth. Microsoft is also providing funding for UN Women’s Safe Cities programme.
The CEOs of Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft South Africa have signed the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
Starting in 2014, Unilever has been committed to advancing more opportunities for women and has a target of empowering 5 million women by 2020. UN Women and Unilever are collaborating to explore new ways of contributing to women’s empowerment in many areas, including in Unilever’s sourcing, supply/value chain, consumer facing brands, advocacy and employee engagement. Unilever will achieve its goals by building a gender-balance organization, promoting safety for women in the communities it operates in, enhancing women’s access to training and skills, and expanding opportunities in its value chain through product science and technology, marketing and education that delivers measurable benefits to women.
Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, has supported women’s empowerment in different UN Women activities: he is a member of UN Women’s Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council and one of the 10 HeForShe corporate IMPACT Champions.
International Olympic Committee
The objective of the partnership between UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to promote women’s empowerment through sports. In globally advocating for sports and healthy lifestyles, the IOC has long held that sports can contribute to building the psychological well-being, leadership capacity and empowerment of girls and women, while enhancing their roles and integration in society. It will join UN Women to back women’s greater participation in sports and physical activity, and advance gender equality in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Valencia Club de Fútbol
UN Women and Valencia Club de Fútbol (VCF) are jointly advocating for gender equality since 2015. The Spanish football team is the first sports club ever to become UN Women global partner. Together, they are working to eradicate sexism and violence against women and girls, educate men and women about gender equality and support women’s empowerment at the local and global levels. The partnership is already yielding strong results through contribution to UN Women's core resources, joint advocacy and outreach and gender equality football clinics for young players around the world. Recently, UN Women and Valencia CF has also conducted an international workshop for development practitioners that trained participants techniques to design and conduct high-quality football training with a strong focus on gender equality, prevention of violence against women and building self-esteem and leadership through sport.