EY is proud to be at the forefront of developing the Gender Innovation Principles with UN Women to promote gender equality through innovation. Reducing inequality—especially at a time of turbo-charged technological disruption—is a business priority.
— Steve Krouskos, EY's Global Vice Chair of Transaction Advisory Services, who led the work stream to develop the Principles


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Case studies


read how GICC member organizations are putting the Principles to work


Principle 1 in action


HP Diversity challenge

Today, HP has the most diverse Board of Directors of any technology company in the US: 50% total minorities, 40% women, 30% underrepresented minorities.

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SAP Case Study

All-women teams received just $1.9 billion of the $85 billion total invested by venture capitalists last year, according to data on the from M&A, private equity, and VC database PitchBook.

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Principle 2 in action

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UN Women Global Innovation Incubator

UN Women engages a broad community of problem solvers – especially women themselves – to find new inclusive and appropriate solutions to barriers to tackle gender inequalities and challenge the status quo.


New York Academy of Science Case Study

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures is a groundbreaking initiative designed to increase the number of women in STEM careers by linking girls ages 13 – 18 with role models and mentors, and providing them with opportunities to pursue STEM careers through mentoring and 21st-century skills development.

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Principle 3 in action

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UNICEF User testing for Internet of Good Things Project

UNICEF has developed the Internet of Good Things (IoGT) project to hosts mobile-packaged content designed to make life-saving and life-improving information available for free, even on low end devices. Women and Girls are a key target audience for the initiative and in 2017, UNICEF ran user-centric focus groups in Mozambique.


BHP Case Study

BHP’s Mooka Ore Car Repair Shop (OCRS) in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, is a high-tech, semi-automated production line, designed to safely conduct highly repetitive activities that are involved in the maintenance of our fleet of nearly 10,000 ore cars.

Mooka shows how we can design out the need for physical strength in operational roles, keep our people safe and bring in more diverse talent.

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Principle 4 in action

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Gender Equality and Big Data

In collaboration with UN Global Pulse, UN Women has published a report on Gender Equality and Big Data: Making Gender Data Visible. Based on this report, several initial pilots are in the pipeline that focus on how big data can be used to improve our understanding of issues related to gender equality.


Ellevate Case Study

Ellevate offers the Squads program as a leadership development program within our network of major corporate partners. It supports their female employees at all stages of their careers; whether they’re focused on investing in high potentials leaders, training first-time managers, or developing senior-level leaders, Squads offers women the opportunity to learn, grow, and reflect on how they can best contribute to the success of the organization. Connecting with a group of women outside of the organization provides an important perspective, diverse advice, and new strategic connections.

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Principle 5 in action

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UN Women Buy for Women Enterprise Platform

UN Women has been piloting the Buy from Women Enterprise Platform - a data-driven, enterprise platform that combines an open source end-to-end cloud-based, and mobile enabled supply chain system to connect women to information, finance and markets.

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MIT SOLVE Case Study

Solve, an initiative of MIT, advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world's most pressing problems. Solve issues four Global Challenges each year across four areas—Economic Prosperity, Health, Learning, and Sustainability—to find the most promising Solver class to drive transformational change.

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