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International award for mentor programme that addresses gender equality for women entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries

A scheme that matches women entrepreneurs from low- and middle-income countries with professional mentors worldwide has been awarded an internationally benchmarked accreditation by EMCC Global for its high level of performance.

The Mentoring Women in Business Programme within the London-based Cherie Blair Foundation for Women sees women entrepreneurs working one-on-one with a dedicated business mentor, meeting via a bespoke online mentoring platform for two hours a month to work on personal and business goals, business plans, branding and marketing.

Since it was launched in 2010, the Mentoring Women in Business Programme has matched mentees and mentors in 105 countries, and in 2020 saw more than 1,500 people take part in the year-long mentoring programme. Participants have been able to address a global gender gap in entrepreneurship while growing knowledge, skills, networks and confidence.

Its success has been recognised with a Gold International Standard for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes (ISMCP Award) from Brussels-headquartered EMCC Global.

The ISMCP framework ensures programmes are designed to align with participant and business objectives, under the professional umbrella of the EMCC Global standards and its Global Code of Ethics.

EMCC Global Accreditation Verifier Hoang-Anh Thi Le said: “The CBFW has grown significantly since the early days of its inception supporting many thousands of female entrepreneurs globally to start and grow their businesses by leveraging the support of mainly corporate volunteer mentors. By partnering with locally based organisations, the programme has been able to provide a unique opportunity for women in low-middle income countries to access mentoring support from a pool of international mentors. I applaud the CBFW team on their dedication and hard work in meeting all the requirements of this rigorous assessment.”

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentoring Women in Business programme manager Jetske van Dijk said: “Going through this exercise has enabled the Mentoring team to take a moment to take stock and truly reflect on the nature and content of the programme in its entirety. As a team we are often delivery-focussed, and this reflection time has allowed us to look at the programme as a whole.”

ISMCP is a deep framework that supports cultural development and aligns personal and professional performance. It is awarded at bronze, silver and – the highest – gold level. Organisations holding an ISMCP accreditation with EMCC Global have shown their ability to define and articulate their clarity of purpose, to establish and support a strong coach and mentor network, to build in effective review and measurement and the ability for consistent and improving performance – all aligned within a strong code of ethics.

Denise Whitworth, VP Accreditation EMCC Global, said: “The Cherie Blair Foundation has shown that it is continually adapting in meeting the needs of women entrepreneurs, especially in times of global change. The team is clear about who they serve, the direction of travel and the evaluation criteria they are fulfilling to bring about global change. They deserve applause for this marvellous achievement.”

 

Employee commitment within Northern Trust is recognised with a globally benchmarked accreditation

The professional leadership body, EMCC Global, has awarded Northern Trust Ireland’s mentoring programme its highest endorsement of organisational performance, with a globally benchmarked accreditation.

The Empower Mentoring Programme within the financial institution embraces both personal and organisational development, ensuring it is systematically designed, professionally managed, and contributes to the strategic priorities of key stakeholders.

Its success has been recognised with a Gold International Standard for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes (ISMCP Award) from EMCC Global.

The ISMCP framework ensures programmes are designed to align with participant and business objectives, under the professional umbrella of the EMCC Global standards and its Global Code of Ethics.

Catherine Duffy, general manager, Limerick at Northern Trust, said: “Our accreditation journey to date has provided us with the opportunity to pause and truly assess the effectiveness of our programme. It has enabled us to identify gaps, discuss them openly within the committee and agree on the optimum path to enhance our programme.

“By engaging with EMCC Global, we were able to learn more about the practicalities of mentoring best practices, openly discuss challenges and embrace opportunities to drive our programme further. “

Headquartered in Chicago, Northern Trust has offices in more than 20 countries and employs more than 20,000 people across the world. Its mentoring programme defines mentoring as a mutua relationship built on trust and respect, designed to develop skills, share knowledge and experiences, and advance both mentors and mentees along their professional paths.

The Northern Trust team was supported in its application by EMCC Global ISMCP Assessor Dayna Caceres and EMCC Global ISMCP workgroup lead Dr Julie Haddock-Millar.

Dayna said: “The team in Northern Trust were incredible to work with, quickly understanding the requirements. It was evident from early on in our conversations that they had a great programme with very strong processes in place. Well deserving of their Gold standard award and an exemplar for best practice.”

The Empower Mentoring Programme was launched in 2017 and has supported eight cohorts and more than 150 mentees. The Northern Trust Empower Mentoring programme is open to all staff at the middle management levels (second vice president and vice president) in Ireland. The intention of the programme is to provide the mentees with a framework and infrastructure to empower and enable dedicated focus on personal and professional development.

ISMCP is a deep framework that supports cultural development and aligns personal and professional performance. It is awarded at bronze, silver and – the highest – gold level.

Organisations holding an ISMCP accreditation with EMCC Global have shown their ability to define and articulate their clarity of purpose, to establish and support a strong coach and mentor network, to build in effective review and measurement and the ability for consistent and improving performance – all aligned within a strong code of ethics.

Denise Whitworth, VP Accreditation EMCC Global, said: “Northern Trust is to be congratulated for this achievement. This award is not just the celebration of an incredible commitment to providing an excellent environment for people within the organisation, it also embeds a framework upon which Northern Trust can build in years to come.”

 

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a worldwide movement. Founded to save lives and speak out, MSF has helped tens of millions of people since 1971. The 13 founders have grown to over 37,000 staff, in over 60 countries on the frontline of emergency medical aid.

Donors are a vital part of the movement – 90 percent of our income coming from individual donations. This allows MSF to stay independent, neutral and impartial – and to access those in greatest need quickly.

MSF has helped millions of people since it was established in 1971. The movement has grown and MSF now work in over 60 countries around the world, with team ready for any new emergency.

MSF Associations

The staff ‘own’ and manage MSF through the MSF Associations. There are 24 Associations around the world. Most have an office that fundraises and recruits staff, like MSF UK.

Each association is attached to one of the five operational centres (OC). These are the offices which decide when, where and what medical care is needed. These centres are based in:
• Brussels, Belgium
• Paris, France
• Amsterdam, Holland
• Barcelona, Spain
• Geneva, Switzerland.

The OCs can act independently but all layers of MSF interconnect and work together in various ways, and are formally bound as one movement by a shared name, a shared commitment to the MSF Charter and principles, and shared membership of MSF International.

To find out more about MSF, go to www.msf.org.uk/our-history

MSF Norway was awarded their ISMCP accreditation for their mentoring programme on 4 July 2017.

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