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50 Leading Companies for Women in APEC

In 2010, APEC leaders recognized women’s empowerment as one of the crucial aspects of inclusive growth as a part of the APEC Growth Strategy. In 2011, the declaration made at the High Level Policy Dialogue on Women and the Economy held in San Francisco set “women’s leadership” as one of the priority areas for future APEC action.
Concerned by the “leaking pipeline” phenomena, in which there are increasingly fewer numbers of women employed at each higher level within companies (such as manager, executive manager, chief executive, etc.),
APEC’s Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE) has approved this project. The goal of the project is to encourage women’s involvement in leadership roles by publicizing the kinds of efforts that are undertaken by private companies with greater participation of women than other organizations.
The project seeks to contribute to the greater inclusion of women in economic activities in the APEC region by disseminating exemplary cases of companies increasing opportunities for women. The most crucial step in reaching this goal is to share this report on best practices with as many companies as possible so that they can
learn from these cases. In order to do so, the report has been aided by various collaborating organizations, including the Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), in addition to PPWE. We hope that the best practices will be widely propagated through these entities and channels. We have focused on applicable real-life cases from actual organizations in the hope that these cases will be seen as models by those who are searching for ways to increase opportunities for women.
Lastly, we would like to thank everyone who assisted with the project. As we designed the project, we received a variety of constructive advice from the public officials of each of the co-sponsoring economies: Australia; Indonesia; New Zealand; the Philippines; Russia; Thailand; and the United States. Their advice has contributed significantly to the design of the framework of the project. Numerous individuals from 14 participating economies, including all of the co-sponsors, have contributed in nominating companies for inclusion in this
publication. We are also grateful that the economies that are not included in this report which took the time to sincerely consider participating in this project. Moreover, the project received invaluable support from Mr.Yoshinori Komamura of ABAC Japan and his staff. We would also like to thank the ABAC members and affiliated individuals from all participating economies who helped us in selecting companies for inclusion in the publication. This project was further made possible thanks to the contributions from companies that shared their efforts and related data. Finally, the APEC Secretariat has contributed valuable and practical advice as we navigated through the procedures in publishing this report.
In closing, we ask all involved parties, once again, for their kind support in disseminating this report on best practices.
APEC Office  Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Hikari Kikai Seisakusho Co Ltd
Sanshu Seika Co Ltd
Shiseido Co Ltd
Takashimaya Co Ltd
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