Business Coalitions supported by Investing in Women in Indonesia and the Philippines have signed licensing agreements to exclusively prepare companies for EDGE Certification in their countries. EDGE is the world’s leading assessment and benchmarking methodology and business certification standard for gender equality, working with some 200 organisations globally.
With the exclusive licensing agreements, the Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE) and the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE) are now the official entities providing support to local companies using the EDGE methodology to assess and strengthen gender equality in their workplaces.
The deals cement the relationship between the Business Coalitions and Switzerland-based EDGE, which stands for Economic Dividends for Gender Equality. Prior to gaining their license, IBCWE has supported five companies successfully go through EDGE Certification while PBCWE has helped all its seven founding members get certified.
“We are excited to be the first and sole EDGE licensee in the Philippines to support companies in advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment throughout the country. EDGE Certification is a powerful tool for developing a more competitive and inclusive business sector,” said Ms Aurora “Boots” D. Geotina-Garcia, PBCWE Co-Chair and Chair of the Philippine Women’s Economic Network.
IBCWE Chair Ibu Shinta Kamdani, for her part, said: “The exclusive licensing agreement with EDGE solidifies IBCWE’s position as the local expert in workplace gender equality. Our journey in encouraging more companies to join the Business Coalition and helping them go through the EDGE process will allow us to build the evidence for the business benefits of gender equality, identify best practices and document stories of its impact in people’s lives.”
23 EDGE Certifications achieved
Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, has supported the establishment of four Business Coalitions to promote workplace gender equality in the business communities in Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar and Vietnam. A total of 23 members of the Business Coalitions are now EDGE-Certified.
The EDGE process assesses and benchmarks companies on four pillars of workplace gender equality: gender balance at all levels of the organization; gender pay gap; effective policies and practices to ensure equitable career flows for both women and men; and an inclusive culture.
“EDGE Certification brings to workplace gender equality the same rigor and discipline that organizations apply to other business-critical goals. Measuring both quantitative and qualitative data against the global EDGE Certification standard empowers companies to define their strategic direction based on evidence,” EDGE Certified Foundation Co-Founder Aniela Unguresan said.
Three levels of EDGE Certification may be awarded: EDGE ASSESS, to companies that commit to gender equality; EDGE MOVE, to companies that have achieved a set of gender equality benchmarks; and EDGE LEAD, to companies that successfully demonstrate exemplary gender equality.
Among Business Coalition members, four companies have achieved EDGE MOVE: PT Adis Dimension Footwear (Adis Dimension) and PT Accenture in Indonesia; Accenture Philippines; and Southern Airports Services Joint Stock Company (SASCO) in Vietnam. Globally, only 24 companies have achieved this certification level.
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