Earlier this year, I was very fortunate to attend the United
Nations Women's Empowerment Principles Annual Event in New York
City. This conference brought together 400 leaders from business,
government, not for profit and the UN; I was the only business
delegate from Canada, and will forever be enriched by the
The business case for the commitment for gender equality has
been conclusively proven; ensuring that women have access to
economic opportunity leads to stronger and more just societies and
more profitable businesses. The seven Women's
Empowerment Principles ("WEPS") set out a framework
for action with respect to advancing this business case. Going
beyond setting out the issues, the WEPs require the CEOs of
businesses to become signatories to the principles, and to commit
to bringing them to life with specific action plans in the
organizations they lead.
Jerry Cukier, as Crowe Soberman's Managing Partner, was the
first leader of an independent public accounting firm in Canada to
commit to the WEPs by becoming a signatory to the WEPs in 2014. The
firm's ongoing activities and strategies actively support the
seven principles. Crowe Soberman has taken a leadership position
within the Crowe Horwath International Network, with several of the
other member firms coming forward to become signatories to the
WEPs. The principles are:
1. Establish high-level leadership for gender equality.
2. Treat all women and men fairly at work; respect and support
human rights and non-discrimination.
3. Ensure the health and safety and well-being of all women and
4. Promote education, training and professional development for
5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing
practices that empower women.
6. Promote equality through community initiatives and
7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender
Crowe Soberman has a higher percentage of women partners and
senior leaders than any other firm in our market. We have
consciously created opportunities for women professionals to excel
and advance, while demonstrating a commitment to social issues that
are important to them and their communities.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the 2015 conference
and highlighted the economic importance of moving these principles
forward. Crowe Soberman's commitment to the WEPs will continue
to enrich all members of our firm. I challenge other Canadian
business leaders: consider becoming a signatory to this crucial
Or contact me and we can discuss how we can make a difference
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