Arthur Lawrence Adopts WEPs

Arthur Lawrence has adopted the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as part of its commitment to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.

Arthur Lawrence’s Managing Partner Wajid Mirza signed the Principles on 30th March 2020 at a special ceremony in Houston.

Wajid Mirza said: “We are delighted to sign up to these principles – we will be implementing them with concrete actions and hope to have them in place at the earliest.”

“We congratulate Arthur Lawrence for taking the first step on their WEPs journey. We consider Arthur Lawrence a key partner in closing gender gaps in the workplace, marketplace and community and in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.”

PHUMZILE MLAMBO-NGCUKA                   UN Women Executive Director

“Women represent half of the world’s population yet remain under-represented in the global workforce. Not only an affront to human rights and equality, barriers to women’s empowerment also hurt economic growth. That’s why we are calling on business leaders everywhere to implement the Women’s Empowerment Principles and I want to thank you for joining the ever-growing community of WEPs signatories. We need ALL companies to get onboard, because gender equality is more than a moral responsibility. Equality means business.”

LISE KINGO, UN Global Compact                               Executive Director


The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) guide businesses on how to promote gender equality and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.  Jointly established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women, th WEPs are underpinned by international labour standards and human rights and by the recognition that businesses have an important role in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Adopting the seven principles is the best way that businesses can deliver on the ambitions for gender equality and women’s empowerment as outlined in the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and in the 17 SDGs.