EDGE Certification has partnered with the following organizations around the world to support the engagement of corporations across the world in fostering equal career opportunities for women and men in the workplace.
As part of the She Works initiative, launched in September 2014, EDGE Certified Foundation partnered with IFC (a member of the World Bank Group) to advance women’s employment in the private sector. provided strategic direction and expert advice and knowledge to help member companies realize their commitments. Two years later, the partnership grew from ten to 13 companies and reached the lives of 313,000 women.
Belcorp, Boyner Group, Care.com, The Coca-Cola Company, EY, Gap Inc., Intel Corporation, Kuwait Energy, Odebrecht Group, Ooredoo Group, SAP SE, Turkish Economy Bank (TEB) and Zulekha Hospitals joined She Works. These 13 leading global companies pledged to implement measures proven to enhance women’s employment opportunities—such as mentorship programs, flexible working arrangements, and leadership training to increase diversity in management. Key partners included International Labour Organization, and the UN Global Compact.
The She Works Report Putting Gender-Smart Commitments into Practice was published in September 2016. It highlights private sector approaches and learning in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women. It draws on global business case data,practical guidance, best practices, and lessons learned shared by SheWorks members and strategic partners to
show how companies across regions and sectors can further invest in their female talent to strengthen the bottom line.
Launched in 1999, the DOW JONES SUSTAINABILITY INDEX (DJSI) were the first global indices to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. The DJSI contains a chapter called “Human Capital” which includes a subset of gender-related indicators tied to the EDGE methodology.
Investing in Women is an initiative of the Australian Government to catalyse inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in South East Asia. As a champion for women and girls, Investing in Women was established to improve women’s economic participation, build markets for women and influence the private and public sector environment to promote women’s economic empowerment in the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia.
The United Nations Global Compact recognizes the importance of measuring and tracking progress in workplace gender equality through Principle 7. EDGE spoke at the annual WEP’s event in 2014 on how EDGE Certification enables signatories of the Women’s Empowerment Principles to put their commitment into practice through its rigorous and transparent process.
The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact provide a framework for business on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. By signing the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, business leaders demonstrate to internal and external stakeholders that commitment to gender equality is a top priority. Learn more about the WEPs and sign the CEO Statement of Support at: www.WEPrinciples.org.
Mercer is a global leader in talent, health, retirement, and investments.
Founded in 2014, When Women Thrive is Mercer’s global research and solution platform designed to help organizations drive growth through the active and productive participation of their female workforce.
In 2014, EDGE Certified Foundation collaborated with Mercer on the research survey conducted for the When Women Thrive Research Findings: A European Perspective and for the full report which was published in January 2016. Mercer acknowledge that the EDGE Certified Foundation’s robust research on gender equality was leveraged to build the When Women Thrive platform.