Gender Diversity and Inclusion for a Fair Business Environment

Authored by: Radhika Behuria et al.

Categories: Global Public Health, The Field of Women, Peace and Security
Sub-Categories: COVID-19, Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Region: East Asia and the Pacific
Year: 2021
Citation: Behuria, Radhika et al. "Gender Diversity and Inclusion for a Fair Business Environment." United Nations Development Programme. March 2021.

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Executive Summary

Business integrity goes well beyond anti-corruption compliance, and touches upon diversity, inclusion and gender equality. Phenomena like discrimination, gender pay gap, exclusion from business opportunities, bullying, and sexual and other types of harassment are all examples of integrity flaws that not only hamper the internal environment of a company, but also impact the lives of their employees and the communities in which they live. Recognizing and addressing these problems is key for companies that want to lead in both diversity and inclusion and business integrity, ultimately contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The report is the outcome of a research conducted across five of the ASEAN countries participating in the project: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. It provides a snapshot of catalytic factors to foster gender equal leadership across three domains. Firstly, it explores how social norms shape gender roles and stereotypes that can limit women’s leadership prospects. Secondly, it identifies catalysts for an enabling environment, including laws and regulatory measures, and the role of coalitions and advocates. Finally, it highlights the role of companies and their organizational policies and practices in promoting gender equal leadership.