Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find some frequently asked questions about EDGE Certifications. If you need further information please contact us.
Is there a minimum headcount in order to be EDGE Certified?
The methodology was designed for medium to large organizations and in order to see the full impact of the analysis, sufficient underlying data is required. Therefore, 200 employees are needed as a minimum. If your organization has fewer employees, please get in touch to discuss options
Why is the certification for two years?
Pursuing gender equality in an organization is an ongoing process. The certification system is designed to help organizations develop along that journey and to give a 360-degree overview of the current reality. By requiring a re-certification after two years, the organization has time to implement the action plan and should see impact. The re-certification requirement ensures that the certification signals the current status of gender equality in the organization and is not a one-off achievement. It also demonstrates an organization’s ongoing commitment to the pursuit of gender equality.
How does an organization move from one level to another?
Organizations are at different maturity levels in their gender equality efforts. As they implement impactful actions and see clear indicators that those initiatives are creating change, they will move from one level to the next. In the re-certification process, the impact of those actions is assessed and if the audit by the third-party certification body confirms that the organization meets the standards set by EDGE Certified Foundation, they move to another level.
Can an organization lose its certification?
EDGE Certification has three levels: ASSESS, MOVE and LEAD. If certified at EDGE Assess, the organization has three certification periods i.e., six years to achieve the requirements for a higher level. If the organization fails to achieve this, they would lose their certification. There is no current limit on moving from EDGE Move to the highest level.
Who issues the certificate?
An approved third-party Certification Body issues EDGE Certificates. These are global audit firms specializing in certification and auditing. The certification bodies are trained and accredited by the EDGE Certified Foundation. Certification firms currently approved to issue EDGE Certificates include Intertek and FLOCERT.
Why doesn’t EDGE grant the certificate?
The EDGE Certification scheme is structured as an independent third-party certification system to ensure impartiality.
What is the role of the EDGE Certified Foundation?
The EDGE Certified Foundation is the guardian of the Assessment Methodology and the EDGE Standard; accredits, approves and trains the independent Certification Body auditors and Scheme Managers; oversees the quality, consistency and robustness of Certification Body performance; and oversees the use of the EDGE Seals, labels and logos by certified organizations.
If an organization undertakes the EDGE assessment can that organization opt not to go for certification?
Certification is not a requirement. Certification, however, visibly demonstrates an organization’s commitment to gender equality in the workplace.
What resources are required from the organization?
We see, on average, that organizations spend 3-5 working days effectively for an HR professional in inputting the data in the tool. The overall project time is longer and depends mainly on when the employee survey can be planned.
Is there a possibility an organization does the assessment and finds that it does do not qualify for certification?
For the first level of certification EDGE Assess, the requirements for certification are to simply undertake the assessment, for the organization to commit strategically and to have an action plan with resources in place. If the organization meets these requirements, the first level of certification can be granted without the global standards being met.
What is the cost of assessment?
An assessment is done on a country-by-country basis and incurs a fee, which depends on total headcount in the country. Please contact us to receive specific details for your organization
What is the shortest/longest timeframe from the start of the project to the granting of certification?
The timeframe depends mainly on the pace the organization can adopt. The shortest feasible timeframe would be 2-3 months.
What exactly is the organization paying for?
The fee includes: access and training in the use of the tool for up to 3 users, administration of the employee survey, gap analysis between the numbers, organizational infrastructure and employees’ rating for the areas of assessment, benchmarking against EDGE Standard and peers, executive summary of EDGE Assessment results, business Impactful Action Plan derived from the EDGE Assessment, advice and support in crafting and implementing the internal and external communication strategy on the results of the EDGE Assessment and of the EDGE Certification, preparation of the audit file in view of the EDGE Certification, invitation to join EDGE’s Annual Community Event.
Can organizations select their own auditor?
For those that are accredited for EDGE certification, yes you can. We recommend that you seek quotes from more than one so you can compare and contrast to find the best fit with your organization.
What is involved in the audit process?
After you have chosen your preferred Certification Body, together you will plan the audit schedule, a desktop review will be conducted remotely by the auditor, followed by an onsite visit to verify the inputs and outputs of the tool based on objective evidence supplied by your organization. Subject to the results of the audit, the Certification Body completes an audit report and issues your EDGE Certificate.
How long will the auditor be on site?
Including the planning, remote desktop review, the onsite visit, reporting and certification granting, but depending on the complexity of organizations, a Certification Body may quote anything between 4-7 working days. An onsite visit may be a single day or more, again depending on the complexity of the organization.