Companies should deal with gender inequality in soft commodity supply chains by addressing gender-related workers’ rights and encouraging the inclusion of women in commodity supply chains on equal terms. Workers’ rights commitments should address the different risks to women and men with particular attention to sexual and gender-based harassment, equal pay and remuneration, and gender-based discrimination. Including women in soft commodity supply chains on equal terms can include increasing sourcing of commodities from producers that are making an active effort to increase the participation of women in commodity supply chains, and addressing issues faced by women in agricultural supply chains, including, but not limited to, securing land rights and increasing access to technology, financial services, training, and markets. Financial institutions can help by asking companies in their portfolio to have policies on gender-related workers’ rights and the encouragement of women in soft commodity supply chains on equal terms.
- United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles