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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.

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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.

Mercer

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.

 

AllbrightAllBright is a Swedish foundation focused on challenging existing talent- and competence-based norms. They are convinced that diverse companies are healthier, more profitable, and better prepared for a globalized future. AllBright is the EDGE Subject Matter Expert (Sweden), endorsing the EDGE methodology and certification as a means of reaching AllBright’s business objective.

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The Institute is the only research-based organization working with the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve, gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under. EDGE is sponsoring the 2014 Global symposiums and is a member of their Honorary Committee.

 global compactThe 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.

Funders

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The Müller-Möhl Foundation (MMF), a private foundation based in Switzerland, has been a proud supporter of EDGE since its launch. The MMF is committed to support the core of EDGE. The MMF has provided this core support through a combination of financial and in-kind support aimed at strengthening the management and operations of EDGE. As part of this support, the MMF has engaged in public relations, sponsored the first Benchmarking Report and has organized events aimed at raising awareness about gender equality in the workplace.

The MMF is committed to ensuring that the potential of well-educated women is better used. The MMF stands for mixed teams in the work place, for an increased proportion of women in executive positions and for improved general conditions which allow both men and women to balance a career and family life. It is for these reasons, among many others, that the MMF is a proud supporter of EDGE.

So Why EDGE?

The EDGE certification provides corporations a much needed tool to guide them in their goals of enhanced diversity and gender equality. It helps organizations identify the headwinds that slow them down and block progress. In ways not previously available, they can now use the certification to capture the tailwinds and speed up their ability to make more rapid progress on these important initiatives. Companies now have the necessary information and measurements to focus on the key drivers of change.
Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders and Member of the Global Advisory Board of EDGE Certified Foundation