Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

In 2017, GCNC received support from the Department for Women and Gender Equality (formerly known as Status of Women Canada) to develop a project to accelerate action on SDG 5.


Framework to advance gender equality
through leadership, inclusion, and
transparency and accountability


Questionnaire to identify opportunities
to help improve gender equality
in the workplace

of using the

  • Gain greater organization-wide awareness about the ways gender inequality negatively impacts all individuals and solutions to address those issues
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of a gender equality strategy with practices and systems that ensure transparency and accountability
  • Create a corporate culture of inclusion where all individuals feel comfortable bringing their whole self to work
  • Increase knowledge of practices for collecting, measuring, evaluating, and reporting on gender equality data
  • Obtain practical understanding of actions that Canadian companies have implemented to advance gender equality in their workplaces
  • Identify areas for improvement and corresponding ways to drive change

Statements from Participating Companies to the Project


Conversations on gender equity and the advancement of women have been a priority of ATB’s people strategy for some time ...


Backer Mackenzie

This project has enabled us to gain insight into the areas where we can further improve our efforts to realize our firm's gender ...



Blakes has a long history of supporting women in law and women professionals, and we are proud to remain at the forefront ...



As a company that strives to eliminate barriers that our female colleagues could face in the workplace, getting involved in ...



CAE joined this project because we are committed to actively building a company that is more open, progressive, and ... 


Export Development Canada

Export Development Canada (EDC) joined this project as a proponent and champion for gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in ... 


By joining this project, IKEA feels very privileged to have been a part of a team responsible for helping to create ...


The Blueprint has the potential to help employers across this country to make meaningful strides towards true gender ...

Riverside Natural Foods

Participating in this project helps us identify what we need to improve to achieve gender equality.


Participating in this project has provided the opportunity for Scotiabank to help elevate the conversation around equality for women ...


SNC-Lavalin has seen an increase in the number of women in managerial senior, technical and professional roles over the ...


Sodexo joined this project because we believe in sharing best practices between enterprises to help each other. 


Stantec recognizes the need and responsibility to support the development of a robust gender equality framework from this ...


Starbucks is committed to gender equality as it aligns with our Mission and Values of creating a culture of warmth and ... 


TELUS is proud to participate in this project. We are pleased that Leadership, Inclusion, and Transparency and Accountability ...

Turner & Townsend

Participation in this project for Turner & Townsend is very important to share what we have learned, gain insights on emerging ...


Unilever Canada became involved with the Gender Equality project to complement the work we are already doing to help build ...

Vancouver Airport Authority

While YVR is proud of our achievements, we know there is more to do in achieving gender equality, which is why we joined this project.

Williams Engineering

It is Williams Engineering’s responsibility to create and encourage a workplace where women are equally valued, empowered, and ...

The Foundation of the Blueprint

We created the Blueprint to delineate what workplace gender equality leadership should look like and provide a roadmap to achieve it

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. SDG 5 has 9 targets and 14 indicators that support the realization of this goal.

Sustainable Development Goal 5

A workplace with gender equality at its core is inclusive, empowering, guarantees safety, wellbeing, and equality of opportunity, while ensuring that all employees are respected and valued.

What is gender equality leadership?

GCNC is the Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact, an organization dedicated to catalyzing business action to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Global Compact Network Canada