NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$PVH #CalvinKlein—Calvin
Klein, Inc. announced today 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
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
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
In March 2016 PVH signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles and The
Global Compact of the United Nations, later expanding upon its
engagement with the UN in December 2016 through its commitment to the
CEO Water Mandate.
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the
empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women
was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
For more information, visit www.unwomen.org.
UN Women, 220 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, New York.
Tel: +1 646 781-4400. Fax: +1 646 781-4496.
The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business
offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace
and community. They are the result of collaboration between the United
Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN
Women) and the United Nations Global Compact (www.weprinciples.org).
Subtitled Equality Means Business, the Principles emphasize the business
case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women’s
empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and input
gathered from across the globe. To date, more than 1,100 business
leaders from around the globe have signaled their support for the
overall goal of advancing and empowering women and, more specifically,
the guidance offered by the seven Principles by signing a CEO Statement
of Support for the WEPs.
Calvin Klein is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold,
progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal, aesthetic. We
seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery
and striking designs to ignite the senses.
Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz,
we have built our reputation as a leader in American fashion through our
clean aesthetic and innovative designs. Global retail sales of CALVIN
KLEIN brand products exceeded $8 billion in 2015 and were
distributed in over 110 countries. Calvin Klein employs over 10,000
associates globally. We were acquired by PVH Corp. in 2003.
With a history going back over 135 years, PVH has excelled at growing
brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the
largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 30,000 associates
operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual
revenues. We own the iconic Calvin
Warner’s and Olga brands,
and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and
internationally known owned and licensed brands.
*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in
perpetuity from Speedo International, Ltd.
brand handle: @calvinklein