UNICEF's significant progress toward a gender-equitable workplace is confirmed by its EDGE Move re-certification

Posted on August 10th, 2022

UNICEF is re-certified at the second of three EDGE levels.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, has obtained EDGE Move re-certification, demonstrating continuous progress towards fostering a gender-equitable workplace.

EDGE is the leading global assessment and business certification for gender and intersectional equity. EDGE Move is the second level of certification that demonstrates an organization’s progression in fostering workplace gender balance and gender equity. The certification process involves a rigorous third-party review of representation across the pipeline, pay equity, effectiveness of policies and practices, and inclusiveness of an organization’s culture. As an integral part of the assessment, employees receive a comprehensive survey to assess perceptions of equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Since its first EDGE certification in 2018, UNICEF showcases its continuous progress towards a gender-equitable workplace, making significant progress in terms of the framework of policies and practices to ensure equitable career progression for both men and women. This solid institutional framework sustains a good gender balance across UNICEF’s talent pipeline.

UNICEF achieved maximum scores of one hundred percent in several areas, notably equal pay for equivalent work and leadership development training and mentoring.

In terms of opportunities for improvement, UNICEF commits to focus on improving the perceptions about fair opportunities for men and women to advance their careers with the organization by increasing the understanding of the promotion process and promotion criteria. At the same time, ensuring work-life balance and compatibility between a career and a family for both men and women remains a strong area of focus and continued action for the organization.

“I strongly support UNICEF’s continued progress towards being a more gender-equal workplace. We are making consistent improvements across most assessment areas, demonstrating a stable and balanced gender representation at all levels and a strong framework of policies and practices to ensure that we are an equitable and inclusive workplace. Gender equity is an important goal for UNICEF to fulfill its mission and we are eager to continue our progress towards the highest EDGE Certification level”, says Hannan Sulieman, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Management.

Aniela Unguresan, Founder of EDGE Certified Foundation, says: “We are so thrilled that UNICEF’s continuing progress toward a gender-equitable workplace consolidated their EDGE Move certification level. Its results were incredibly robust across many categories – balanced representation, pay equity, strong policies and practices, and improved perceptions of career development opportunities for men and women.”

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