Bristol's Sustainability Connections

United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles

The United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Established by UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are informed by international labour and human rights standards and grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Joe Cardini, President of Bristol, remarked: “Bristol is proud to announce that we have signed up to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles.  We will be ensuring that these principles are driven within our company, within our families and wherever we can outside of our organisation."

As further declared in Bristol's WEP profile: "Connect Vs Control" is the motto and ethos that Bristol Global Mobility lives and works to everyday, which signifies authentic connection with people rather than the control of them. It is this connection that we believe in all measures is representative of the incredible and important journey that UN WEP are engaged in, and why we as a company are so excited to be part of the strides to make the present day and future better for everyone. In this the complete, unwavering equality of all can be the only conclusion.

Below are the seven principles that Bristol will make great efforts to drive towards. In many respects we live up to them already.  By listing them below we hereby re-affirm our commitment and we ask that everyone within Bristol know these principles, live them and in every possible way help us achieve the most important goal we can aim for, equality.

Principle 1:  Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality

Principle 2:  Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination

Principle 3:  Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers

Principle 4:  Promote education, training and professional development for women

Principle 5:  Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women

Principle 6:  Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy

Principle 7:  Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.

For more information on the United Nations WEP, including how YOU can get involved, please visit here:

CEO Action

The CEO Action For Diversity & Inclusion is an initiative to bring leaders of companies to increase awareness and best practices for diversity & inclusion and to put a stop to prejudice and inequality.

Bristol Global Mobility is pleased to join this remarkable initiative, originally started by PWC, in unison with over 2,000 other companies across 85+ different industries.  Specifically, Bristol pledges to uphold the following four commitments of CEO Action:

  1. We will continue to make our workplaces trusting places to have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion.
  2. We will implement and expand unconscious bias education.
  3. We will share best—and unsuccessful—practices.
  4. We will create and share strategic inclusion and diversity plans with our board of directors.

Our President, Joe Cardini, had this to say about CEO Action:

"I have always been a champion for equality and the value derived by the full embrace of diversity in all realms. The global mobility industry functions in large-part, on the very principles of diversity and inclusion . Bristol Global Mobility adopted our mission - to Connect with, versus Control people, over a decade ago as we recognized the importance of embracing and unleashing the limitless power found in human-to-human connections... connections that reflect the full spectrum of diversity. The CEO Pledge is a perfect extension of our values which we, as a global organization, have long embraced."

To learn more about CEO Action, please click here:

Disability Confident Scheme (UK)

The Disability Confident scheme was launched in November 2016 and supports the UK government's commitment to having 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027. It was developed by employers and disabled people's representatives to make it rigorous but easily accessible, particularly for smaller businesses.

Disability Confident is about creating a movement of change, encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

No employer is too small or new to start the journey and even the most experienced employer will still find new techniques and best practices that can help them.

The scheme was designed as a journey. All employers start at Level 1 and can progress through the scheme at their own pace. Accreditation for each level lasts for 3 years.

The aims for Disability Confident are to:

  • give employers the skills, techniques and confidence they need to recruit, retain and develop disabled people.
  • increase the understanding amongst employers of disability and the benefits disabled people can bring to their businesses.
  • increase the number of employers, across all sizes, sectors and locations, signing up to be Disability Confident and taking action that will make a difference to disabled people.
  • make a substantial contribution towards getting 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027.

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