Member Publications

Posted publications reflect only the view of the author(s) and not of the Coalition or any member of the Coalition other than the author(s).



Equileap just published its Ranking of over 3,000 companies in 23 countries based on 19 gender equality criteria. The 2017 Best Performers are L’Oreal (France), Pearson (United Kingdom), and National Australia Bank (Australia).

Economic Empowerment Strategies that are a Win-Win for Women and for Business

Author: MARISSA Wesely

The growing spotlight on women's empowerment as a key to global prosperity has focused many companies on the importance of women in their value chains. Whether motivated by a desire to access talent, enhance employee retention, build market share, or strengthen supply chains, women's economic empowerment is increasingly seen by many forward-thing corporations as a powerful strategy to build a sustainable business and a strong brand.


JOINT case study developed in partnership with Instituto avon, fundo elas, and international center for research on women

This case study was developed by Win-Win Strategies in support of the BSR's Investing in Women initiative, a collaboration platform providing companies with opportunities to share, learn and design effective approaches to women's empowerment. 

The Kering Foundation partners with HER Fund in Hong Kong to combat domestic violence toward marginalized women

Joint Press release: Kering foundation, HER FUND

In April 2016, The Kering Corporate Foundation began a three-year partnership with HER Fund to empower marginalized women and combat domestic violence in Hong Kong. Through the partnership, the Kering Foundation will provide HER Fund with financial support to fund innovative projects run by women’s rights organizations in Hong Kong to address domestic violence issues and empower marginalized women. To ensure the effective implementation of projects, and in
addition to this funding, HER Fund will also run workshops and training sessions for these women’s rights organizations." 

Further Reading:                                                                                                                         "Hong Kong NGO Partners International Body to Fight Domestic Violence"                             South China Morning Post, August 2016

Building Effective Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategies: Sector-Specific Opportunities and the Case for Collaboration

Authors: JESSICA DAVIS PLUESS, Former Manager, Partnership Development and Research, BSR; Aditi Mohapatra, Associate Director, Advisory Services, BSR; Katherine Fritz, Director, Global Health, ICRW

This joint BSR and ICRW report discusses sector-specific strategies for employing a holistic and integrated approach to women’s empowerment in four industries: Information and Communications Technology; Healthcare; Financial Services; and Consumer Products.  It advocates going beyond opportunistic and siloed initiatives to integrate women’s economic empowerment throughout companies, while addressing the underlying systemic factors affecting women’s economic advancement.  

The report marks the launch of BSR’s new Investing in Women collaborative initiative, in partnership with ICRW and the Oak Foundation. This initiative aims to strengthen the quality and quantity of investments by businesses in women’s empowerment to ensure greater benefits for women and for business. 

Breaking Free from the Tribe: Why Philanthropy Needs to Invest in Bridge Builders

Lisa Witter and Joanna Mikulski, Assemblyfor

An often missing, but critical, part of achieving social change is supporting individuals who can make connections outside of a field of advocacy or practice.  Lisa Witter and Joanna Mikulski of Assemblyfor explain that in order to make change, philanthropy needs to invest not just within a field, but also in people and organizations that can bridge the gaps between issues and sectors.  The article highlights the bridge building work of the Win-Win Coalition. 

Click on the image on the right to enlarge the accompanying "What Makes a Good Bridge Builder" infographic.

Where do we stand on women's human rights?

interview with marissa Wesely, Win-Win Strategies CEO, by Liana Barcia, Devex

Devex interviews Win-Win Strategies CEO, Marissa Wesely, about the progress that has been made toward achieving gender equality in the last twenty years, the importance of getting out of silos in order to accelerate progress for women and the critical role that the corporate sector has to play in advancing women’s rights.

Collective Change: The Value of Mobilizing Local Resources for Women's Rights in the Global South and East

Authors: Christen Dobson, Program Director, Research and Policy, International Human Rights Funders Group, and Lucia Carrasco Scherer, Director of Programs, prospera (International Network of Women's Funds)

How are women’s funds contributing to strengthening rights-based philanthropy in the Global South and East? How can innovative communications and relationship-building strategies help to increase support for local women’s movements?

Prospera (the International Network of Women’s Funds) launched new research about the local resource mobilization efforts of women’s funds in the Global South and East. These case studies provide an in-depth look at the strategies, successes, challenges, and opportunities experienced by ten women’s funds.

Local resource mobilization is one powerful tool to shift internalized beliefs and attitudes, social and cultural norms, formal policies, and access resources for women’s movements. 

Changing systems, changing lives

Author: Association for Women's rights in development (AWID)

Women and girls are in the public eye, recognized as key agents in development, like never before. Yet this increased interest is not translating into resources for the very organizations that are key to creating sustained systematic change in the lives of women and girls, as seen in this new animation video from AWID.

Becoming a Game Changer: An Integrated Approach to Women and Girls

Author: Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

This brief summarizes the findings of three recent reports from the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). These reports illustrate how the corporate sector is creating new trends for investment in women and girls, as well as the value of an integrated approach to investing in, and partnering with, women's rights organizations and funds to produce long-lasting change.

Women's World Banking: Twenty Years of Women's Financial Inclusion

September 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. Over the last 20 years, the industry serving low-income women with financial services has changed dramatically. In 1995, 10 million low-income women were served by nonprofit nongovernmental institutions (NGOs) and microfinance institutions (MFIs). Today more than half of women globally have access to a bank account (Global Findex 2014) through NGOs and MFIs but also through commercial banks, mobile network operators and insurance companies. The industry has also changed the way it talks about women: from "beneficiaries" to valuable "clients" who are essential to a financial institution's growth and sustainability.

The Business Case for women's Economic Empowerment

Authors: Oak Foundation, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Dalberg Global Development Advisors and Assemblyfor

In recent years, amidst increased awareness that empowering women yields a ‘high return on investment,' a growing number of companies have collectively invested more than $300 million and launched dozens of programs to support women’s economic empowerment. The majority of these programs aim to expand women’s employment opportunities, training and access to finance. However, for a woman to be economically empowered, she needs both the ability to succeed economically and the power to act on economic decisions.

To better understand these programs, the Oak Foundation commissioned Dalberg Global Development Advisors (Dalberg) and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) to review and report on them, integrating findings from communications research by Assemblyfor.


Stanford social innovation review, spring 2015

Authors: Marissa Wesely and Dina Dublon

Initiatives to develop the economic potential of women are becoming a staple of corporate activity in many parts of the world. But companies often overlook an important set of would-be partners—locally rooted organizations that promote a multi-faceted integrated approach to women’s empowerment. This article serves as a guide to cultivating partnerships that yield lasting value.

The botched Uber and UN women collaboration

The Hill, April 15 2015

Author: Jess Tomlin, Executive Director, MATCH international Women's Fund

Jess Tomlin, Executive Director of MATCH International Women's Fund of Canada offers commentary on the failed partnership between UN Women and Uber. While Tomlin recognizes that partnerships with private sector actors like Uber are critical to expanding and democratizing employment opportunities for women, she argues that we cannot lose sight of the tremendous human rights work that needs to be done in order for these partnerships to have a lasting, positive impact. More partnerships between companies and grassroots women's organizations, who work to ensure women and girls on the ground are educated and have access to higher-paying jobs are needed.

When it comes to women's empowerment, its time to focus on rights

Business for social Responsibility (BSR) Blog, March 10, 2015

Author: Rachel Meiers, Director, Inclusive Economy, BSR

Rachel Meiers, Director of Inclusive Economy, BSR, argues that for private sector programs for women's empowerment to have a lasting impact, there needs to be a greater focus on women's rights alongside economic opportunities. Meiers provides concrete ways that companies can move beyond individual economic empowerment of women to advance women's rights, resulting in a stronger, more resilient economy.

Celebrate International Women's Day with Grassroots Partnerships

Linkedin Pulse, March 5, 2015

Author: Daniel Lee, Executive Director Levi Strauss Foundation

Daniel Lee, Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, commemorates International Women's Day with an article highlighting the achievements of the women's movement and the need for greater investments from the private sector in grassroots women's organizations. Lee argues that investing in women's organizations is a high-leverage, high-yield proposition for corporate partners.  

Beyond investing in Women and girls: Mobilizing resources

association for women's rights in development, february 2014

Authors: Angelika Arutyunova, Srilatha Batliwala, Cindy Clark, and Julia Miller

This three-part compendium of research provides an in-depth analysis of the current funding trends and actors impacting women’s rights organizing, the financial status of women’s organizations around the world, and the collective impact of women’s rights organizations, when supported in a meaningful and strategic way, to build women’s collective power for change and advance women’s rights.