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23-02-2015 The World Moves Forward

Accelerating Investments in Women through Certification

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This white paper makes the case for a new and innovative option for a certification system that channels measureable and verifiable benefits directly to women and women’s organizations. The W+ Standard (W+) is designed to incentivize investments in women’s empowerment through a system that both measures results and puts money into the hands of women, which in addition to the benefits for women themselves, is likely to have transformative impacts on gender inequality, the economy, poverty, climate change, and food security, among other impacts. The W+ Standard is a set of project design and implementation requirements that provides contributors the opportunity to accelerate progress for women and gender equality.

The paper will be of interest to social impact investors, companies with social targets, international development donors and agencies, governments, and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) community. It will also be of interest to a variety of actors along supply chains, including agriculture producer groups, suppliers, processors, vendors, retailers, non-governmental organizations, and consumers that seek transparency and reliability in their claim for supporting women’s empowerment, through the use of W+ certification and label.