BPW International engages with International Organisation of Employers


Press release : in french | in spanish | in italian

Geneva, 12 October 2012

The International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the global voice of business, is pleased to announce its collaboration with the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International), the international voice of business women, with the aim of sharing knowledge, networks and intercultural understanding for the joint promotion of workplace diversity, gender equality and women’s empowerment, across the business community.

BPW International is an influential international network, active in over 100 countries in five continents, with consultative status at ECOSOC/United Nations. Founded in 1930, BPW International has advocated for workplace equality, the right to vote, and equal pay, and represents women in leadership and decision-making roles. BPW International brings the voice of women to business by leading the awareness of the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business; Equal Pay Day Campaigns and bringing greater economic benefit to women entrepreneurs through the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors. BPW members are empowered women, leading businesses in communities around the world.

Since its creation in 1920, the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) has been recognized as the only organization that represents the interests of business in labour and social policy debate in international forums, and across the UN and multilateral system. Today, IOE membership consists of 150 national business and employer organizations from 143 countries. It is the largest representative organisation of the private sector in the world. The IOE’s work in the support of its members in all countries, at all stages of development, includes the promotion of a wider understanding of the benefits of gender equality initiatives, and the development of women entrepreneurship.

Announcing the joint initiative, IOE Secretary-General, Mr Brent Wilton, said: “We look forward to collaborating with BPW International on harnessing common experiences and business initiatives, and creating an international forum that promotes the exchange of information and good practice in this important area amongst a wider business community.”

“Research has shown that gender diversity increases financial performance and now that we have a strong business case for the empowerment of women in the economy, BPW International is looking forward to working with the IOE to increase the bottom line of their members businesses and improve women’s access to markets,” says BPW International President Freda Miriklis.

“The global economy needs sustainable business practice and the empowerment of women to future-proof its continual success and improve the lives of everyone at all levels, from the top and in the local community.

“This collaboration couldn’t come at a better time for women, for business; indeed the world”

For further information, please contact: Ms Amelia Espejo, Adviser, International Organisation of Employers ( espejo@ioe-emp.org) and Mrs Angela McLeod, Public Relations Manager, BPW International ( angela.mcleod@bpw-international.org)

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