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.
Nicole is author of The Heart of the Labyrinth, a spiritual parable acclaimed as a beautiful exploration of deep mind, offering a message of Earth-centred wisdom. She was the Founding Director of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, and previously worked on health sector reform projects in Latin America for the World Bank and the Ministry of Health of Bolivia. Nicole holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
She serves on the Boards of several non-profit organizations active in reforestation, ocean conservation and women’s empowerment.
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.
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.
Lorenza started her professional career in marketing department of leader International Companies.
In 1995, as a CEO she launched the Italian Subsidiary of a Multinational Cosmetic Brand bringing it after few years to be leader in its market. She has been then General Manager and Board Member as Executive VP of Leader International Cosmetic Company living between Milan, Paris and traveling worldwide
Passionate, Creative, innovator. Risk Management and Entrepreneurial Approach to business.Great listening and attention to the customer to offer an excellent experience. Business & Sustainable Development, International Affairs, Economic & Marketing studies at Pavia University and Incead, Fontainbleau.
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.
Andrew has acquired extensive knowledge of corporate sustainability and environmental, social and governance investing through operational, research and client-facing roles with the Swiss-based asset manager, RobecoSAM. He also has consulting experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the United Kingdom.
Andrew holds a BA (Hons) in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford and a MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
Alex supports global companies across different cultures preparing them for EDGE Certification. Alex did part of his studies and an internship with the University of Burgundy in Auxerre, France.
Alex completed a Bachelors Degree in Business and Administration with a Major in International Business at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.
Johan has been working for the past two years with more than 50 large organizations to close the corporate gender gap. He strategically supports global companies in implementing a workforce analytics approach to gender equality and prepares them 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.
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.
Magali Saúl assists public and private institutions worldwide in undertaking the preparation for EDGE Certification. Prior to her work at EDGE Strategy, Magali gained expertise working for development-focused organizations including the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Magali holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal.
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.