The Bristol Women in business charter
Working toward a gender equal Bristol.
Our belief is that businesses cannot reach their full potential if they fail to recruit and
retain a gender-balanced workforce. Our purpose is to recognise and support
businesses in and around Bristol that are making progress towards gender equality.
Our work accelerates the pace of change for the benefit of women, the businesses
they work in and the communities they live in.
The Charter was launched by the Women in Business Task Group, a group of volunteers and part of the Bristol Women’s Commission in March 2019.
They wanted to ensure the Charter would have longevity and be sustainable. They knew it would take time to achieve our aims and ambitions and that the Charter was a long-term project. The Charter’s ambition to help accelerate the pace of change that will benefit women, the businesses they work in and the communities they live in is huge and as we build the Charter community, we welcome businesses of all kinds to the collaborative effort.
In April 2020, a Community Interest Company (the Bristol Women in Business CIC) was established to operate the Charter.
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"Investing in women is a matter of smart economics as well as human rights. It’s proven: the returns will be significant, both on the balance sheet and across society. So one can ask: what are we waiting for?"
Monique Villa, CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation