13 enterprises to sign-up for the UNDP Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for Private Enterprises

Oct 18, 2016

KAMPALA: Thirteen companies will today committed to participate in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for Private Enterprises.

The 13 companies from manufacturing, ICT and service sectors include: Nile Breweries, Simba Telecom, NBS Television, Alam Group of Companies, Graphic Systems, Standard Chartered Bank, DFCU Bank Limited, Finance Trust Bank, Delight Uganda Ltd, Victorious Education Services, Aloesha Organic Natural Health Products Limited, Eye to Eye Consult Limited and Hostalite Limited.

“I thank you all for taking the challenge of gender equality - a key challenge and hindrance to inclusive and sustainable development in Africa - head on,” Ms. Rosa Malango the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative said of the companies.

She commended them for enabling Uganda to become the first country in Africa to have its private sector take on the Gender Equality Seal Certification programme which is very key for achieving the new global Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“This Gender Equality Seal will boost employee productivity and make your enterprises more profitable by detecting and eliminating gender-based pay gaps; improve work-life balance as well as eliminate communication that is gender insensitive,” she stated.

She further stated that the Seal would enable the enterprises increase the number of women in decision-making positions as well as formulate strategies for career development and mentorships for your staff.

The signing ceremony follows a pledge that was signed by Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) in August 2016 to adopt and implement the UNDP Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for private enterprises.

Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Assistant Administrator and Director UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa who will visiting Uganda will also grace the signing ceremony and sign the commitments on behalf of UNDP.

Mr. Patrick Bitature, the PSFU Chairperson and the national Ambassador for Goal 8 on good jobs and economic growth described the was a sign of the private sector’s commitment to ensuring that it participates in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly Goal 5 on gender equality.

About the Gender Equality Seal

The Gender Equality Seal is a certification programme that enables businesses to increase productivity, profitability and partnerships. Pursuit of Gender Equality at the workplace sets in motion employee performance schemes that reduce gender-gaps.  

The process also triggers innovations for gender-appropriate product design and customer services; and enables networking with global companies that support the sustainable development goals.

Originally pioneered in; Costa Rica, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile, the Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme is now expanding globally. Over 400 companies across eleven countries of Latin America have been certified since 2009.

These companies have reported witnessing a broad range of benefits, including; a better work environment, greater productivity, efficiency, improved relationships among staff, employee commitment, a reduction in absenteeism and attraction of diversity of talent.

 

For more information about the initiative please contact;

Nicholas Burunde,

Programme Officer, UNDP Uganda.

Email: nicholas.burunde@undp.org |

 

Henry Mukasa Nsubuga,

Communications Assistant, UNDP Uganda.

Email: henry.nsubuga@undp.org|

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