BackgroundThe ILO, IW, IBCWE and APINDO are committed to demonstrating the business case for WGE. A credible and accessible evidence base to support this has been built.
In 2019, the ILO published a global report Women in Business and Management (WIBM): The Business Case for Change (BCC), based on an enterprise survey on women in business and management. The WIBM research examined how gender diversity at decision making levels of business improves organizational performance and increases profitability. The global survey drew on almost 13,000 businesses in 70 countries, of which 416 companies that responded were from Indonesia.
Thereafter, a country brief, has been developed by the ILO and Investing in Women, highlighting findings relevant to Indonesia, which demonstrates the business case for gender diversity in management and workplace gender equality in Indonesia considering the COVID-19 context. The brief includes findings on areas such as profitability, productivity, women in leadership, and the link between gender balance on boards and improved business outcomes.
With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, the country briefs (also produced in the Philippines and Vietnam) note the importance of firms being aware of the gendered implications of the pandemic and the need for firms to incorporate gender equality considerations into their emergency and recovery plans.