Pro Mujer’s CEO, Maria Cavalcanti, has joined the Council for Inclusive Capitalism as a Steward to announce measurable actions Pro Mujer is taking to create a more inclusive economy and drive prosperity in Latin America.
New York – Pro Mujer announced on August 11, 2021, that its President and CEO, Maria Cavalcanti, has joined the Council for Inclusive Capitalism as a Steward. The Council is a global nonprofit organization that joins moral and market imperatives to build a more inclusive, sustainable, and trusted economic system that addresses the needs of our people and the planet.
“I am thrilled to welcome Pro Mujer to the Council and look forward to working with them as they take the necessary actions to ensure a better future for us all,” said Meredith Sumpter, CEO of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism. “Whether you run a small business, a mid-sized company, or a global corporation, we all have a role to play to build more inclusive economies and societies.”
It takes collective action across all sectors of society and a bold movement to drive equality and prosperity around the world. Over 30 years, Pro Mujer has been at the forefront working with local and global allies to drive growth and economic opportunities for millions of women in Latin America through innovative programs in financial and digital inclusion, healthcare services, and entrepreneurship support.
By joining the Council, Pro Mujer commits, through its Center for Entrepreneurship, to bringing financial and digital training and business mentorship to support women entrepreneurs during all stages of their entrepreneurial journey. The Center for Entrepreneurship will act as a digital platform to also strengthen networks and communities that are entrenched in sisterhood and trust.
“We are honored to join the Council for Inclusive Capitalism and work together to create sustainable solutions to ensure millions of women in Latin America have economic security and independence, and a fair shot to thrive in their own communities” said Maria Cavalcanti, President and CEO of Pro Mujer. “We look forward to this joint effort with the Council to build an inclusive movement aimed to strengthening women entrepreneurship and leadership to foster economic, social and technological progress in the region.”
The Council is rooted in action. Upon joining, Council members commit their organizations to measurable and meaningful acts to create equality of opportunity, equitable outcomes, and fairness across generations and to those whose circumstances prevent them from full participation in the economy. Explore the actions Council members have already committed to here.
The Council was launched in December 2020 with the belief that businesses have a responsibility and the capability to create stronger, fairer, and more dynamic economies and societies. Council membership is open to all companies and organizations who are willing to make measurable, public commitments toward more inclusive and sustainable business practices. You can see the full list of Council members here.
The Council is led by a core group of leaders which include:
Ajay Banga, Executive Chairman, Mastercard
Oliver Bäte, Chairman of the Board of Management, Allianz SE
Marc Benioff, Chair, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-founder, Salesforce
Edward Breen, Executive Chairman, Dupont
Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Mark Carney, COP26 Financial Advisor to the Prime Minister, and United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance
Carmine Di Sibio, Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, EY
Brunello Cucinelli, Executive Chairman and Creative Director, Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A.
Roger Ferguson, President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA
Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Founder and Managing Partner, Inclusive Capital Partners
Kenneth Frazier, Executive Chairman of the Board, Merck & Co., Inc.
Fabrizio Freda, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies
Marcie Frost, Chief Executive Officer, CalPERS
Alex Gorsky, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Angel Gurria, Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Alfred Kelly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc.
William Lauder, Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies
Rich Lesser, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Consulting Group
Bernard Looney, Chief Executive Officer, BP
Fiona Ma, Treasurer, State of California
Hiro Mizuno, Member of the Board, Principles for Responsible Investment
Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America
Ronald P. O’Hanley, President and Chief Executive Officer, State Street Corporation
Rajiv Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
Tidjane Thiam, Board Member, Kering Group
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
Mark Weinberger, Former Chair and CEO of EY, and Board member of J&J, MetLife and Saudi Aramco
About the Council for Inclusive Capitalism:
The Council for Inclusive Capitalism is a global nonprofit organization established to harness the potential of the private sector to create a more inclusive, sustainable, and trusted form of capitalism. The Council is guided by His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, who leads the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and is led by a core group of global CEOs and public leaders who convene annually to advance the Council’s mission. Further information can be found at www.inclusivecapitalism.com.
About Pro Mujer:
For over 30 years, Pro Mujer has empowered women through an all-inclusive mix of services, enabling them to better provide for their families and play a critical role in the economic development of Latin America. Pro Mujer is a preeminent purpose-driven social enterprise and an industry leader in financial inclusion, impact investing, entrepreneurship, workforce reskilling, and healthcare with a women-centered approach in its innovative programs.
Across its platforms and programs, Pro Mujer engages the most disadvantaged people, whose access to healthcare, education and financial services is often the most tenuous. Its programs and policies address the multiple interlocking systems of inequities women face at both macro and socio-structural levels, recognizing that a woman’s level of empowerment will vary, sometimes enormously, according to other criteria such as class or caste, ethnicity, relative wealth, age, education and family position among others. Pro Mujer leads thought leadership in gender lens investing in Latin America and plays an important role as an aggregator of blended capital focused on catalytic investment through innovative investment vehicles and financial products.
Pro Mujer’s work is closely aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delivering tangible results in eight SDGs: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, and 16.
Council for Inclusive Capitalism media contact:
Director of Communications
Pro Mujer’s media contact:
Director of Communications & Marketing