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How EDGE Creates Change

HOW TO CHANGE: USE A BUSINESS METHODOLOGY

Companies apply processes to drive business. EDGE recognized that the same business discipline is the path to and proof of workplace gender equality.  By using the EDGE Assessment Methodology a clear picture emerges of a company’s commitment as measured in terms of equal pay for equivalent work, recruitment and promotion, leadership development training & mentoring, flexible working  and the company culture.

MEASURE
WHAT GETS MEASURED GETS DONE

Companies measure their progress in closing the corporate gender gap through an easy-to-use, online assessment tool which tracks key outcome indicators and key practices and policies that drive the change.

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Statistics: company experience and data.

Infrastructure: implemented policies and practices which create the gender equality infrastructure.

Experience: an employee survey which captures the workplace experience and perceptions surrounding it.

A HOLISTIC APPROACH
Each source of information is important in its own right, but EDGE goes further by examining the alignment or gaps between all three. This enables a company to compare and contrast its efforts to build the gender equality infrastructure with actual effectiveness, in terms of both workplace experience and impact on the talent pipeline.

BENCHMARK
KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE DETERMINES WHERE TO GO

KEY AREAS OF ASSESSMENT

    1. Equal pay for equivalent work
    2. Recruitment & promotion
    3. Leadership development training & mentoring
    4. Flexible working
    5. Company culture

 

EDGE STANDARD
Results are benchmarked against the EDGE Standard (absolute benchmark) and/or peer companies (relative benchmark). They become the basis of a concrete action plan that is grounded in accountability and business impact.

 

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So Why EDGE?

We are very happy about the outcome of the certification process and the work we have done in our company. Together with the EDGE Certified Foundation, we took another step to further develop and support workplace gender equality in Switzerland.
Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO IKEA Switzerland.