Empowerment

Key takeaways

  1. Empowerment signifies allowing people who are outside the decision-making process into it.

  2. Ensure that your analysis is not anecdotal by highlighting the broader issue at hand and showing that more than a few people were affected.

  3. Provide enough quantitative information to determine the impact value and scale.

What is it?

Empowerment can be defined in different ways; however, when talking about people's empowerment, it means accepting and allowing people (women, children, LBGTQ community, refugees, disabled, indigenous people, or other minorities) who are on the outside of the decision-making process into it. Empowerment is the process that creates power in individuals over their own lives, society, and their communities.

Empowerment includes raising the status of people through education, raising awareness, literacy, and training. Empowerment is all about equipping and allowing people to make life-determining decisions.


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_empowerment#:~:text=Empowerment%20includes%20the%20action%20of,the%20different%20problems%20in%20society

SDG choice

✅ SDG 5

✅ SDG 10

Impact assessment

Using the Logical Model, try to analyse the impact of the company’s initiative to empower women, children, LBGTQ community, refugees, disabled, indigenous people or other minorities. What has the company done to empower them? Where and since when? Try to measure their initiative’s effectiveness on their life: is it improving their financial situation, health, etc.?

Caution

Ensure the company’s impact is not too small or too peripheral to its core business. For example, we do not want to cover an analysis on a company impacting less than a few thousands of people or a company simply donating one time to a cause supporting minorities’ empowerment.


If you are covering the topic of women representation inside a company, make sure to take into consideration the following: 


1. Your introduction should examine the industry and provide industry statistics:

  • What % of the industry workforce are women?
  • In this industry, how many women work in management, at the executive level, and the board level on average?
  • What is the average gender pay gap in the industry?
  • Generally speaking, you should not yet mention the company in the introduction.

2. In your core analysis, provide:

  • The total number of people working at the specific company in question and the % of women
  • The % of women in management, the executive level, board level, and the company’s pay gap specifically.
  • The gender pay gap, if released by the company. If you know what women and men earn on average, you can calculate the percentage difference. For example, at company X, women earn an average of EUR 3,000 for every EUR 4,150 men make when comparing to the monthly salary

    Calculation: % change = (change ÷ lower number) × 100 => (1,150 ÷ 3,000) x 100 = 38.3%

    Or you may use this calculator: https://percentagecalculator.n...


For your information: since 2017, any organisation with 250 or more employees must publish and report specific figures about their gender pay gap in the UK. You can look up any company here.

  • What the company is doing to improve gender equality to help identify the best practices

Note: How the company drives its policies into its supply chain, or how its products or services provide challenges or opportunities in regards to this issue will ultimately determine if its impact is negative or positive. 

  • Comparing the results to the industry averages will help show how the company ranks within its industry. It is trivial to assess whether they have increased or decreased the share of women by a small margin, or if they did or did not meet the goals they have set themselves.
    • For example: If the industry standard is a 25% share of women, and the company has a 30% share of women although it has decreased by 1% in the last year, this is still a little positive. This is because the company has a share of women employees that is higher than the industry standard. Although it is fair to say this should be increased further if that is your conclusion. The opposite is true, as well.


3. Your conclusion should recap the main point without adding new elements.

After considering the broader issue and the company’s actions, what is the company’s net impact on the issue at hand? Is it positive or negative? Is the impact significant when compared to the data illustrating the broader issue?


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