Why certification?

EDGE Certification is a global, independent and third-party certification system. EDGE Certification has chosen to use certification as an impactful tool to close the gender gap as certifications have three core characteristics:

  • Based on objective and measurable evidence of a current status within an organization. It provides the opportunity to clearly measure progress ‘what gets measured gets done’
  • Establish a global standard of excellence. Organizations need to establish ‘what does success look like’
  • Sustainable instrument to create change, which is uniquely based on transparency, accountability and recurring processes

The EDGE Certification methodology guarantees the integrity of the evaluation and certifications are only awarded after independent auditors have been able to establish the accuracy of the information. The assessment is done on a country-by-country basis to take into account the local culture and legal framework.

What EDGE Certification measures?

Organizations that excel on gender equality show the following characteristics:

  • Strong gender balance at all levels of the organization. Taking into account each organization’s own local intake of women at the junior management level in each country of operation and comparing it with the organization’s own percentage of women at the top management level in each country.
  • A statistically insignificant unexplained gender pay gap. Showing that there is equal pay for equivalent work irrespective of gender.
  • A solid framework of effective policies and practices to ensure equitable career flows for both women and men. Measuring the effectiveness of the local policies and practices formulated and implemented in each country of operation.
  • An inclusive culture as reflected in employees’ high ratings in terms of career development opportunities. Considering the characteristics of the local participation in each of the country of operation and the local employees experience.

What benefits does EDGE Certification provide?

  • A robust workforce analytics approach to inform organizations gender diversity strategy and priorities.
  • An effective benchmarking tool across all industries, geographies and against the EDGE Certification Global Standard.
  • A global branding tool, allowing organizations to give visibility and credibility to their commitment for workplace gender equality

EDGE Certification is committed to being the world’s leading global certification system for workplace gender equality, uniquely applicable across all industries and geographical regions.

The methodology uses a business, rather than theoretical approach that incorporates benchmarking, metrics and accountability into the process. It assesses policies, practices and numbers across five different areas of analysis:

  1. Equal pay for equivalent work
  2. Recruitment and promotion
  3. Leadership development, training and mentoring
  4. Flexible working conditions
  5. Organizational culture

EDGE levels of Certification

Because impact deserves to be recognized. EDGE Certification embraces a philosophy of continuous improvement. It is a three tiered certification, which is valid for two years.

Level 1: Assess

Recognizing commitment

An organization certified at the EDGE Assess level has conducted a detailed assessment and undergone an independent third-party verification examining where the organization stands in terms of gender balance across the talent pipeline, gender pay equity, creating an effective framework of policies and practices that ensure equitable career flows, and fostering an inclusive workplace culture for both the male and female employees.

Furthermore, as part of its certification at the EDGE Assess level, the organization commits to an impactful action plan, which documents how it will accelerate its progress in terms of gender balance across the talent pipeline, gender pay equity, creating an effective framework of policies and practices that ensure equitable career flows, and fostering an inclusive workplace culture for both the male and female employees, by working to close gaps identified by the EDGE Assessment, including implementation milestones, resource requirements and accountabilities.

An organization can remain certified at the EDGE Assess level for a maximum of six years, after which time in order to remain EDGE Certified the organization needs to progress to a higher level of certification.

Level 2: Move

Showcasing progress

An organization certified at the EDGE Move level has conducted a detailed assessment and undergone an independent third-party verification examining where the organization stands in terms of gender balance across the talent pipeline, gender pay equity, creating an effective framework of policies and practices that ensure equitable career flows, and fostering an inclusive workplace culture for both the male and female employees and reached the EDGE global standard in some of these areas.

Furthermore, as part of its certification at the EDGE Move level, the organization commits to an impactful action plan, which documents how it will further accelerate its progress in terms of gender balance across the talent pipeline, gender pay equity, creating an effective framework of policies and practices that ensure equitable career flows, and fostering an inclusive workplace culture for both the male and female employees, by working to close gaps identified by the EDGE Assessment, including implementation milestones, resource requirements and accountabilities.

Level 3: Lead

Celebrating success

An organization certified at the EDGE Lead level has conducted a detailed assessment and undergone an independent third-party verification which demonstrated that the organization successfully achieved gender balance across the talent pipeline, gender pay equity, has an effective framework of policies and practices that ensure equitable career flows, and an inclusive workplace culture for both the male and female employees and reached the EDGE global standard in all of these areas.

To remain certified at the EDGE Lead level, an organization needs to demonstrate continued alignment with the EDGE Lead certification level.

Organisations can become EDGE certified for their commitment to workplace gender equality and progress through three stages of certification – Assess, Move and Lead – in their journey to achieve excellence in workplace gender equality.

The certification is granted for two years.

EDGE Certified seals are a trademark owned by EDGE Certified — all use of the EDGE Certified seal must comply with the use requirements established by EDGE Certified.

The EDGE Certification process

MEASURE: An online assessment – EDGE Assessment Tool – examines three sources of company information.

BENCHMARK: Organizations benchmark themselves against the EDGE Standard and peer organizations. The benchmark serves as a basis for an action plan.

GET CERTIFIED: After a successful independent audit by a third party certification body, the organization receives the EDGE Certification Seal – in one of three levels.

COMMUNICATE: Public display of the EDGE Certification Seals sends a clear message of commitment to the organization’s stakeholders. The globally recognized business certification enhances the brand’s credibility.

Third Party Certification System

To maintain impartiality, the EDGE Certification operates a ‘third-party’ certification scheme. This means that EDGE Certification Foundation itself does not issue EDGE Certification. Certificates are issued by a third-party auditor independently accredited to be able to perform assessments of organizations against the EDGE Certification Standard.

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EDGE Certification around the world

EDGE Certification is currently working with nearly 200 organizations, in 50 countries and 23 industries.

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