How Businesses Can Invest in Women and Realize Returns

Universal Access Project
Date of Publication

This brief expands the business case for private sector investment in women’s health and empowerment in three sections:

  • Opportunities for Action
  • Mapping
  • Recommendations

It reviews 26 various private sector investments in women’s health and empowerment. These range from workplace programs led by apparel, agriculture, consumer goods, microfinance, and electronics companies; to investments in technology, information, and networks by communications companies to improve women’s health and wellbeing.

The brief states that the private sector - particularly companies with supply chains that employ disproportionate numbers of women such as apparel, agriculture, home goods, and electronics - are uniquely positioned to reach millions of women with the health and empowerment information and services they need to improve their lives.