What is EDGE Certification?

EDGE is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. It measures where organizations stand in terms of gender balance across their pipeline, pay equity, effectiveness of policies and practices to ensure equitable career flows as well as inclusiveness of their culture. EDGE stands for Economic Dividends for Gender Equality and is distinguished by its rigor and focus on business impact.

What is being measured?

1.

Gender balance at all levels

2.

Pay equity

3.

The effectiveness of policies and practices to ensure equitable career flows for women and men

4.

An inclusive culture

How to get EDGE certified?

1.Measure

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

2.Benchmark

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

3.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.

4.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.

5.Take action

Implement EDGE action plan and strategic roadmap and stay well-informed of leading practices within the EDGE community.

3 levels of EDGE 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.

Organizations 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 Foundation — all use of the EDGE Certified seal must comply with the use requirements established by EDGE Certified Foundation.

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.

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.

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.

Third Party Certification System

To maintain impartiality, the EDGE Certification operates as a third-party certification. This means that EDGE Certified 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. To get ready for EDGE Certification please contact us.

Learn more about our certification body approval process.

FLO-CERT

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SGS

SGS is one of the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification companies. With more than 94,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. Verification and certification are core services: enabling organizations to demonstrate that processes, products, services or systems are compliant with national and international standards and regulations, as well as customer defined standards. SGS offers services across different regions and markets by combining global coverage with local knowledge and experience and expertise in virtually every industry.

INTERTEK

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