Beyond financial materiality, gender-smart companies can have positive social impacts. While the results chain will not always be linear and can be influenced by other ongoing factors, implementing various gender opportunities can contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment through positive changes in the lives of workers, as well as the communities and broader economies where they operate.
The sector-specific Social Impact Visuals below begin on the left by introducing possible short-term outcomes of gender-smart strategies, most of which are experienced by women who participate in income-earning positions such as entrepreneurs, contractors, or employees. However it is not only women who can benefit from these practices, but also their male colleagues and other members of the household. Moving to the right, the diagrams illustrate potential causal pathways of subsequent outcomes for women, families, and larger communities in the medium- and long-term.