Cemex Signs UN Women’s Empowerment Principles

SOURCE: Cemex | March 30, 2020

Cemex has become a signatory to the UN Women and UN Global Compact’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) as part of its commitment to gender equality.

Cemex says the WEPs will help guide the company to promote equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Fernando A. González, CEO of Cemex, says: “Diversity is what makes us more competitive and resilient and enables us to adapt to an ever-changing global environment. We are satisfied that our efforts to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment are aligned with the WEPs.”

The seven WEPs include high-level corporate leadership; treat all women and men fairly at work without discrimination; employee health, well-being and safety; education and training for gender equality; Enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices, community initiatives and advocacy and measurement and reporting.

Cemex is already undertaking several efforts that contribute to women’s empowerment, including:

  • Launching a global diversity and inclusion policy in 2019.
  • Conducting internal training to create awareness of and address unconscious biases.
  • A community diversity and inclusion model, which fosters women’s economic empowerment through education and capabilities development to improve their income and contribute to their transformation as agents of change in their family and community.
  • Cooperating with the Organization of American States (OAS) and domestic institutions to offer women training for entrepreneurship projects and commercialization of their products.
  • The Cemex-Tec Award provides grants globally to support community initiatives, including support for women-led enterprises.
  • Empowering women to work on participative community improvement in urban settings, through our urban transformation model.

The company further integrates the WEPs into its community initiatives by utilising its partnerships with OAS, promoting women’s leadership and community consultation initiatives, as well as by providing grants to support community business initiatives.

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