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The 1st Sustainability Report was published in Jeju 2014


b2ap3_thumbnail_SustainabilityReportFrontpage.JPGThe 2011-2014 BPW International Executive decided to produce the first Sustainability Report and agreed that it was time to look at the organisation through the lens of sustainability and look at how we perform and what we are doing for BPW International. Thus, this report was born.  

Covering the activities of the 2011-14 Presidency, this report is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. This is the recognised global standard. Organisations and business around the world use these to examine and guide their practices.  The mission of the organisation has been used to determine the materiality of this report. While external stakeholders have not been consulted specifically on materiality, the mission is understood by BPW International’s partners, is transparent and the basis for strategic priorities. 


The report is an excellent source to learn more about our international organization, its history and its activities worldwide!



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Learn more about BPW Initiatives, Partnerships and Projects


At the congress in Jeju BPW International presented and distributed several new documents to promote the initiatives of BPW and its international partnerships internally and externally.

The Resource Sheets below help to explain to members the 3 core policy based initiatives: 1. The Women's Empowerment Principles s; 2. Equal Pay Day and 3. Women entrepreneurs. These two page promotional sheets give a brief explanation of the initiative, explain what BPW International is doing; shares examples of affiliates in terms of what they are doing at the national level; they provide ideas about what affiliates can do and end with Key Messages. They are designed for all members to be able to use and are two pages only so that they can be printed on demand by the clubs to be distributed to members and external organizations and companies.


Our three core initiatives


Equal Pay Day Resource sheetWomen' Empowerment Principles (WEPs):

Leading Empowerment https://bpw-international.box.com/shared/static/jc8d2qg6xhdxtb315qox.pdf

Equal Pay Day (EPD):

Leading Equity https://bpw-international.box.com/shared/static/hk4vk7eymzv9xkwtud4z.pdf


Women Entrepreneurs

Leading Entrepreneurship https://bpw-international.box.com/shared/static/3xxfzlf5imfosjddkxxm.pdf




During the triennium we built on and established new collaborations to further strengthen our advocacy efforts. Some of the exciting collaborations that we have in place are also explained in 2 page documents that are easy to read. The international affiliations means that in most cases our affiliates should be able to benefit at the local level. These explain what BPW International is doing; shares examples of affiliates in terms of what they are doing at the national level; Give ideas about what affiliates can do and end with Key Messages. They are designed for all members to be able to use and are two pages only so that they too can be printed on demand by the clubs and accessed easily by our members. Working associations with CBW, IOE, ITC and the World Bank are below:

CBW Commonwealth Business Women


IOE International Organization of Employers


ITC International Trade Center


World Bank 



BPW International also started a great project called Project WEPs (to be changed to: Project Women’s Empowerment) to increase our outreach, support and learning of the WEPs with our affiliates.  Project Women’s Empowerment is a pilot involving some 12 countries where affiliates are invited to establish national working committees and national plans of actions over a 3 year period with the view for us to launch a working model that can be rolled out and across to all affiliates worldwide in 2016. The initial affiliates involved in this exciting project form the initial BPW ThinkTank so that we can identify Gender Specialists as a way for us to create our own pool of Gender Specialists to support each other and for advocacy purposes.  More information can be accessed at this link:


Project WEPs https://bpw-international.box.com/shared/static/urppwsv0totqi9g4yph2.pdf

WEPs Think Tank https://bpw-international.box.com/shared/static/mu33th894i99iy2z66x4.pdf

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Photos and impressions from our International Congress in Jeju


This video was created by Giuseppa Bombaci our BPW Europe secretary who is also the chair of the standing committee Art & Culture and Past President of BPW Italy.




Thank you Pinella for sharing these nice memories.

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The new International Executive Board has been elected at the last day of congress in Jeju.


 BPW International Executive Board 2014

The newly elected BPW International Executive are (from left to right)

Young BPW – Ketlin Tackman (Finland),

Executive Secretary Beatriz Fett (Brazil), 
JoAnn Ritko Pozzi, Executive Finance Officer (USA), 

2nd VP UN Arzu Ozyol (Turkey),
Immediate Past President Freda Miriklis, (Australia),

President Dr Yasmin Darwich (Mexico),  
1st VP Dr Amany Asfour (Egypt),

Regional Coordinators:

Africa - Adenike Adeyanju-Osadolor, Nigeria
Asia Pacific – Susan Jones, Australia

Europe- Karin Raguin, France
Latin America – Marta Solimano, Argentina

North America – Bessie Hironimus, USA


Congratulations to all, and a great success for the 2014-2017 term!


The new triennium theme for 2014 - 2017 is


Making a difference through Leadership and Action



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