What we do
The EDGE Certification assessment methodology was developed by the EDGE Certified Foundation, which acts as the guardian of the EDGE methodology and certification standards. Its commercial arm, EDGE Strategy, works directly with organizations to prepare them for EDGE Certification. The EDGE Certification assessment methodology was developed by the EDGE Certified Foundation and launched at the World Economic Forum in 2011.
A world of equal opportunities, a world where men and women are equally valued and respected in all aspects of economic, political and social life.
Our mission is to use the EDGE global certification system and label to engage corporations across the world in fostering equal career opportunities for women and men in the workplace. We are committed to being the world’s leading global certification for workplace gender equality.
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Prior to co-founding EDGE Certified Foundation, Aniela acquired extensive professional experience as a consultant with Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting, as a trader and project manager with TXU Europe and SIG Geneva, and as the CEO of CT Technologies.
She holds an MBA from the University of Geneva and a BA in International Trade from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.
Aniela strongly believes that the time has come for businesses to move from vision to action, and that the EDGE certification process will enable them to understand what is holding them back while providing them with a road map to achieve better performance and more inclusive workplaces.
For over a decade Chris has been at the cutting edge of growth in global voluntary social and environmental standards systems. She was a leader at the Marine Stewardship Council and helped establish and grow the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling (ISEAL) Alliance. Chris founded Meridian Prime, her London-based consulting company which provides creative, innovative approaches to business growth, leadership development and organisational change.
She holds a post-graduate certificate in Applied Science from the Australian Maritime College and an MSc in People and Organizational Development from the University of Sussex.
David has over 20 years experience in sustainability-related professional services, working at PwC and AccountAbility. He has a wealth of experience in working with a broad range of sustainability-related standards and frameworks both in an advisory and assurance provider capacity. David has notably been instrumental in fostering effective and impactful collaborations in the field of sustainability between diverse organisations including public and private sector companies, foundations and non-governmental organizations.
David has an international working and academic background having graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Geneva in Business Management and a BA in European Economics from the University of Nantes in France and Middlesex University in the UK.
Johan has over five years experience in supporting and advising more than 150 large organizations, in both the private and public sector, with a systematic and structured solution to close the gender gap. Through a balance of a robust workforce analytics approach together with clear requirements for performance measurement, tracking of progress, and senior leadership buy-in, Johan is able to successfully prepare his clients for the EDGE Certification.
Johan holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and has also studied Economics at Stockholm University.
Magali Saúl assists public and private institutions worldwide in undertaking the preparation for EDGE Certification. Magali has supported over 50 clients to successfully drive more accountability and transparency in the workplace on gender equality issues. She advises professionals at diverse hierarchical levels, including executive teams, on solutions to improve long-term performance and generate long-term value.
Prior to joining EDGE Strategy, Magali worked for development-focused organizations including the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal.
Nadia joined EDGE Strategy after having served in a board appointed position as the Diversity & Inclusion Advisor for The International Monetary Fund. Passionate about influencing positive changes that bring about better business performance while serving the greater good for both employees and communities, she has led diversity, inclusion and work life efforts across financial, mining, consumer product, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors for over 20 years.
In her role with EDGE Strategy she combines her experience as a Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer with design thinking and innovation practices to accelerate progress in gender equality.
Over 25 years Katrine has held executive Human Resources and Communication roles with multinational companies in the energy sector as well as the Higher Education sector. She holds an honours degree in Modern Languages from the University of Aberdeen and a Masters in Employment Law and Practice from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Immediately prior to setting up her own consultancy business in 2018, Katrine was based in Paris working as VP Corporate Sustainability & Diversity for TechnipFMC, a global leader in oil and gas projects, technologies, systems and services. She was responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s global strategy for sustainability and diversity. She passionately believes that the long-term success of organizations is inextricably linked to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
Lisa holds Economics and Law degrees from the University of Sydney (with Bar qualification in NSW, Australia). Business orientated and client focused, she provides robust and pragmatic solutions to legal challenges at all organizational levels.
Prior to joining EDGE Strategy, Lisa acquired extensive professional experience in top-tier private practice and multi-national corporations across a breadth of industries (including energy, finance and technology) on a global scale. Lisa has provided advice spanning a range of corporate, commercial and technology legal functions, including corporate governance, operations, distribution, compliance, procurement, R&D, licensing and partnerships.
Roger started his career with a bachelor in chemistry and then specialized in flavors at Givaudan. He moved to pharmaceutical sales with Lubapharm, Switzerland and joined Abbott in 1988 as Product Manager, Hospital Products, and in 1995 became Division Manager in which role he built a new Nutrition Division in Switzerland.
In 2000 he moved to Global Business Development for Medical Nutritionals in Abbott Park, USA and was promoted to Regional Director, CEE in 2005. Late 2007 he returned to Switzerland as Abbott Nutrition Country Manager and in 2015 became Country Manager Region DACH.
Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden is the President and CEO of The Paradigm Forum GmbH (TPF), a global consultancy and think tank operating at the intersection of social justice and workplace innovation. In April 2013, she was appointed Visiting Scholar at IMD Business School.
Appointed EDGE’s strategic advisor in 2014, Tabi provides a variety of hands-on tools, approaches and perspectives to help drive EDGE’s market impact and global outreach.
Our history & milestones
The EDGE Certified Foundation is co-founded under the name of The Gender Equality Project by Nicole Schwab and Aniela Unguresan in Geneva with a vision to create a world of equal opportunities for men and women.
EDGE Certification, the only standardised methodology and global certification system that can be applied across industries and regions for assessing and tracking progress in closing the corporate gender gap, is piloted with a group of multinational companies.
EDGE Certification is officially launched at the 2011 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos and the assessment methodology is implemented as an online tool.
EDGE Certification Procedure and Requirements are estabilished to help corporates communicate their efforts and achievements around gender equality.
EDGE Certification starts to establish its global presence with companies working to become certified in 19 countries across 11 industries and 4 continents.
The first companies to receive EDGE Certification are officially announced in industries ranging from retail to banking and consulting.
EDGE Certification is working with 170 organizations in over 48 countries and 23 industries across the globe.