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How EDGE creates change

“With the EDGE Certification, we have the opportunity to verify whether our ambition to treat men and women equally at IKEA is a living reality. By reaching the highest level of certification, we are tightening IKEA’s company structure and culture to prevent pay gaps, under-representation of women in management positions and different career paths for women.”

Simona Scarpaleggia, Chief Executive Officer, IKEA, Switzerland

“Equal opportunity for women and men is a fundamental principle of human dignity and development. Promoting gender equality is both the right thing to do and critical to ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. EDGE certification is a key part of our strategy to make gender equality a core value of our operations and our work with developing countries. It provides a vital external benchmark for measuring our progress and is one more way we’re working to be the employer of choice in the development community.”

Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group

“The EDGE Certification provides me with great leverage to go into discussions with the leadership team, not based on emotions but on facts. This is key to helping us drive the efforts within SAP. We received strong support from the leadership team, therefore the work with EDGE was actually a way for the organization to solidify and to validate that commitment and to define and achieve these concrete actions.”

Anka Wittenberg, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, SAP, Germany

“Measurement against a global standard is a critical step in closing the corporate gender gap. The EDGE certification provides a necessary universal benchmark and seal of approval to certify a company’s commitment and progress on gender equality”

Herminia Ibarra, Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD, member of the Academic and Scientific Advisory Council of EDGE Certified Foundation

“The EDGE certification system provides a milestone in our work on creating corporate gender equality and efficiency. Gender equality is the right and the smart thing to do. Often, gender gaps, for example, in hiring or promotion, are the result of unintentional biases that lead employers to base their decisions on stereotypes rather than individual performance, thus hurting productivity and creating inequity. EDGE enables companies to identify and weed out such mistakes.”

Professor Iris Bohnet, academic dean of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and director of its Women and Public Policy Program, member of the Academic and Scientific Advisory Council of EDGE Certified Foundation

“The EDGE certification process promises to intensify and inspire much more corporate commitment and progress on behalf of diversity and inclusion strategies. Most of these strategies could clearly benefit from a rigorous, third-party analysis that integrates a whole host of programmatic and policy variables into a coherent road map for real business impact.”

Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, President & CEO, The Paradigm Forum

“When it comes to closing the corporate gender gap, we feel that there is a necessity to bring new perspectives and bold ideas in order to find effective solutions to not-so-new problems. This is precisely what the EDGE Certification system does: it encourages companies to take a close look into their company culture, structures and metrics. EDGE Certification is a nudge to overcome the current belief systems.”

Carolina Müller-Möhl, President of the Müller-Möhl Foundation and Member of the Global Advisory Board

“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

“The EDGE Certification is like LEED certification for buildings- but instead of shrinking the carbon footprint- EDGE breaks the glass ceiling by insuring workplace policies free up the pipeline to allow women to ascend to leadership.”

Megan Beyer, Panellist, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), USA

“We are very proud to be the first company in Mexico certified on Workplace Gender Equality. This certification reflects Compartamos Banco’s commitment with gender equality and social inclusion. At the same time, this will provide us with a competitive edge in terms of talent management, making it easier for us to attract, develop, motivate and retain the best female and male talents in order to serve our more than 2.5 million clients, being 94% of them women dedicated to provide a better life quality for their families. This certification is a good sign that we’re on the right track with our believes in our companies in Mexico, Guatemala and Peru.”