2. THE CORPORATE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Section 2.3a - Women in the Workforce

Principles
2.3a.P.1
The company values women as a vital group of employees who have a significant contribution to make to the work of all companies.

2.3a.P.2
The company is aware that the rights of women are often violated by business policies and practices, which contribute to the ëfeminization of povertyí and exacerbate gender inequalities. It seeks to neutralize the impact of any such policies or practices on their employees.

2.3a.P.3
The company ensures that there is equal remuneration for work of equal value.

2.3a.P.4
The company ensures that the social and biological determinants that affect women because of gender are addressed by appropriate policies within the work place, including, but not limited to, pregnancy leave, maternity leave, medical leave.

Criteria
2.3a.C.1
The company recognizes that there may be particular barriers to the full participation of women and takes positive action to diminish these barriers within the company.

2.3a.C.2
The company has in place a ranking of work situations to ensure pay parity among workers.

2.3a.C.3
The company works to provide resources of social support to enhance women's economic empowerment.

Bench Marks
2.3a.B.1
The company has in place effective and appropriate policies and statements of equality of opportunity for women in the workforce and these are monitored and maintained throughout all levels of employment. These are available to all workers in the languages of the workers.

2.3a.B.2
The company develops specific goals and measurable objectives to provide women with true and equal participation in decision-making.

2.3a.B.3
The company provides adequate technical training, which contributes to the advancement of all workers, especially women.

2.3a.B.4
The company has a policy of responding flexibly to the needs of women regarding pregnancy and family care without detriment to their employment. The company provides paid maternity and paternity leave.

2.3a.B.5
The company encourages or participates in the creation of childcare centres and centres for the elderly and persons with disabilities where appropriate.

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