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 describing and quantifying the social impact.

  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, the 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 in 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 at the board level on average?
  • What is the average gender pay gap in the industry?
  • Explain how underrepresentation negatively impacts women's standing in society/why it is an issue women are underrepresented in the workplace. What would be the impact of increasing the representation of women?
    Note
    : Do not include any information about how women's representation affects business. This is a small but important distinction.
  • Generally speaking, you should not yet mention the company in the introduction.

2. In your core analysis, provide:

Rather than relative impact assessments (whether or not representation is in line with the industry average), an absolute impact assessment needs to be made. Here, report on how the company is empowering or degrading women in absolute terms. 

The analysis should emphasise the overall impact determined by using various metrics (i.e., how close the company is to 40-60% representation of either gender, women overrepresented in a lower pay quartile, etc.).


It should include:

  • The total number of people working at the specific company in question and the % of women
  • The % of women in management, the executive level, and the board level.
  • Consider if there is a glass ceiling effect.
  • Disclose the gender pay gap if it is reported on. 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, such as:

    • New hires (female versus male) for more leadership roles or in male-dominated departments
    • Creating new roles and more options for women
    • Career development training for women versus men, and how many hours
    • Other initiatives include supporting younger female generations who want to pursue careers in STEM, mentor matching programs to encourage women to ensure their voices are heard, build their networks…etc.
  • Have the initiatives reduced turnover rates?

  • 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.


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

Decide how well the company is empowering women in the workforce. Or are they doing the opposite (degradation)? No new information is needed here; tie your conclusion back into the introduction.

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?

It is worth noting that achieving gender parity requires 40-60% representation for either gender. Therefore, are they close to achieving true gender balance, regardless of the industry norms?

If there is no indication of the company impacting female empowerment or degradation, unfortunately, we will not publish the analysis.

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