October 29, 2013
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the EDGE luncheon Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the EDGE luncheon

Iceland continues to  rank first for women’s equality according to a  World Economic Forum survey of  136 countries..  The United States ranked 23rd, down one slot from last year.   The WEF metrics help countries know where they stand towards closing the gender gap.  

Gender equality is also a significant goal for corporations because its not only the right thing to do, it’s good for the bottom line. But how can companies measure progress?  A Swiss Foundation says it has a method that enables large businesses to gauge advancement regarding gender equality.  The EDGE Certified Foundation just announced the first companies to be certified to the EDGE Global Standard for workplace equality.  

They are Deloitte Switzerland, IKEA Switzerland, Banco Compatamos Mexico  and CEPD N.V. Poland.  Lombard Odler & Cie Switzerland and L’Oreal (eight of its countries) are in the process of certification.

Hear what  EDGE Co-founder Aniela Unguresan has to say about the process and New York Senator Kirsten Gillbrand talks about the importance of meeting the needs of women in business. Click here to view the video.

For more about EDGE visit www.edge-cert.org