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Plan International Canada - Women-Run Workplace of the Year

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Company: Plan International Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada
Company Description: Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world's oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty and inequality for all. Under the direction of CEO & President, Caroline Riseboro, Plan International Canada has become a global leader in the fight for girls’ rights and gender equality.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Women-Run Workplace of the Year - More Than 10 Employees

Nomination Title: Plan International Canada

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world's oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty and inequality for all. Under the direction of CEO & President, Caroline Riseboro, Plan International Canada has become a global leader in the fight for girls’ rights and gender equality.

In October 2016, Plan International Canada executed their SABRE award-winning Girls Belong Here campaign, celebrating the 6th annual International Day of The Girl. For the campaign girls challenged political, economic, and business leaders to let them take the lead on October 11. In 2018, the campaign grew with girls from all over Canada stepping into the shoes of Ministers, Ambassadors, CEOs, journalists, TV hosts, technology executives, human rights lawyers and even the Prime Minister of Canada. In both years, Caroline Riseboro shared her seat as CEO & President of Plan International Canada, inviting a girl to fill her role for a day. The campaign was championed by influential girls’ rights activists such as Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

Recently, Plan helped lead a coalition of more than 30 organizations to call on the Canadian government and other global leaders to champion a G7 Declaration on Girls’ Education and Empowerment in Crises. As a result of this two-year advocacy campaign, G7 countries alongside the World Bank committed $3.8 billion CAD in education for girls and children in emergencies and crises.

In order to address the most challenging issues of our time, Plan International Canada believes in searching out and striking up unlikely and innovative partnerships. In November 2017, Plan accomplished just that when they spearheaded a partnership with the Economic Club of Canada to host Michelle Obama for her first speaking appearance in Canada. Always championing youth engagement and empowerment, Plan helped bring over 1,500 youth to the event through a nationwide contest. This partnership provided youth leaders a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in in-depth discussions on gender inequality with top Canadian business leaders and the former American First Lady.

Over the past two years Plan International Canada has worked to develop a comprehensive five-year strategy with the goal of igniting a movement in Canada that unleashes the multiplying power of girls to end inequality for all children. With this strategy, the organization and its partners are striving to help 20 million children learn, lead, decide and thrive, giving staff “20 million reasons” to come to work every day.

Driven by a new strategy, the organization is on a course of growth that will bring it to the next chapter of its history. At a time when charitable giving in Canada is experiencing a steady decline, Plan’s donor base and revenue is growing and diversifying. In just two and a half years, Plan’s focus on strategic partnerships, and innovative change is making a positive difference for millions of women and girls around the world.

Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated company (up to 125 words):

Caroline Riseboro is the President & CEO of Plan International Canada – the leading NGO in Canada advancing the rights of children and equality for girls. Caroline is a passionate advocate for gender equality and is well-respected for her commitment to tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues. She has a proven track record of leading organizations to new heights by challenging the status quo, and has won multiple awards for her innovative approaches.Prior to joining Plan International Canada, Caroline was Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation and held multiple executive roles with World Vision Canada.

Choose one (even if both apply): The CEO (or other principal manager) of this company is a woman, and at least 40% of the management team is comprised of women.