Women’s Empowerment Principles
signing the UN initiative, Lidl is setting a mark for gender equality in
Advocating gender equality is firmly enshrined in our company culture. To
publicly underline this engagement, Lidl has signed the United Nations’ Women’s
Empowerment Principles (WEPs).
- We aim to further increase the proportion of female executives at middle and senior management level.
- We work with standardised salary structures based on objective criteria such as professional experience, qualifications and skills.
- We demand and promote policies for equal opportunities also from our partners along the value chain.
- We champion the living wage in Ireland.
for all – We’re already well on our way
Lidl Ireland is actively promoting gender equality in our own company and along the value chain. We’re convinced: Equal opportunities and diversity are core components of long-term success. Which is why we have enshrined it in our corporate principles and code of conduct.
In practice, this means:
- Increasing the proportion of women in executive positions: Our goal is to bring more women into leadership roles at middle and
senior management level. This presents the particular challenge of creating a
positive life balance, both for women and men: Here, Lidl takes proactive steps
to ensure that all employees are informed about organisational solutions
regarding pregnancy, maternity and parental leave.
- Equal career opportunities for all employees: Our standardised salary structures are based on objective criteria such
as professional experience, qualifications and skills. In addition, we offer
all employees equal access to training and development opportunities.
- Persons of trust for
all employees: Independent and impartial contact persons
have been designated. Employees can approach them both about general staff
issues as well as complaints relating to diversity and gender equality issues.
- Equal opportunities
in our supply chains: As part of our corporate responsibility, we
also promote the principles of gender equality and equal opportunities from our
supply chains: When it comes to our global partners, we expect and encourage
equal opportunities and provide information about this in our extended position
paper on corporate due diligence.
The United Nations’ Women’s
The WEPs were established in 2015 by UN Women and the UN Global Compact.
They represent the first worldwide initiative to target the topic of promoting
and strengthening the role of women in companies.
The following seven principles aim to offer guidance to companies in
promoting gender equality:
- Establishing an equality-friendly corporate
- Treating all women and men fairly at work –
adhering to international human rights and non-discrimination
- Guaranteeing the health, well-being and safety
of all employees
- Promoting the education, training and
development of women
- Promoting entrepreneurship among women,
strengthening women’s participation in the procurement market, respecting the
dignity of women in all marketing measures
- Promoting gender equality through community
initiatives and advocacy
- Measuring and reporting all progress in the
area of gender equality
The principles have been derived from business practice and are aimed at supporting companies in adapting existing regulations and programmes for the promotion of women or in introducing such new and necessary regulations and programmes.
Learn more about the Women’s Empowerment Principals here.