UN Women | HeForShe

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Calvin Klein is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, founded in 2014 to promote global gender equality. Whether in schools, corporate culture, or the arts—the short film above, in collaboration with director Anna Rose Holmer, turns an eye to gender disparity in the movie industry—HeForShe offers crucial support for the equal professional and personal treatment of women everywhere.

Calvin Klein, Inc. announced on March 8, 2017 that it signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, comprising a set of seven areas in which businesses can take action to promote gender equality in the workplace, such as establishing high-level corporate leadership for gender equality, respecting and supporting human rights and non-discrimination, and promoting education, training and professional development for women. Businesses are encouraged to use the Principles to empower women in the workplace, the marketplace and the communities in which they live.

“I am honored to make the commitment to the Women’s Empowerment Principles on behalf of Calvin Klein, Inc. on International Women’s Day,” said Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc. “Calvin Klein has long been a champion for gender equality, and our brand has led many cultural conversations surrounding this critical topic. It is important for us as a global leader to continue to fight for gender equality across the world, and lead true social change in everything we do.”

Mr. Shiffman continued, “I am committed to building upon the values that Calvin Klein and our parent company PVH Corp. uphold as cornerstones of our corporate culture. Every Calvin Klein associate has the right to realize their full potential at our company, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or background. As a leading global brand we must use our reach to promote inclusion, diversity and equality as a human standard.”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women added, “We are all shaped by culture, and the arts play a crucial role in reflecting and evolving that culture—for better or worse. This week provokes a closer look at the deep gender biases that still exist within the artistic industries, and having seen and recognized them—to change them for good. The men and women who have committed their support to this HeForShe initiative are vocal advocates and changemakers whose backing and influence can radically change the stereotypes and discriminatory norms that are still holding so many back today.”

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