Independent EDGE Certification
Real. World. Change.
Wherever you are in your DE&I journey
EDGE Certification is an independent third-party certification launched by the EDGE Certified Foundation at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. For more than a decade, EDGE Certification has given organizations, their employees and their investors a universally recognizable symbol of commitment to DE&I.
There are three levels of EDGE Certification – Assess, Move and Lead – corresponding to different stages of maturity and progress in DE&I. There is no pass or fail but each level show where an organization stands in DE&I and how much further it may wish to go, from demonstrating commitment (EDGE Assess), to tangible progress (EDGE Move) and to success (EDGE Lead).
An EDGEplus Certification can be added to each of these three levels to demonstrate commitment not only to gender equality but also to intersectional equity.
Independent Verification by Third-Party Auditors
Independent third-party verification for EDGE Certification is performed by three globally recognized leaders – Intertek, SGS and FLOCERT.
Intertek helps customers to meet their end users’ expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity, and desirability in virtually any market worldwide.
SGS provides verification and certification services, enabling organizations to show that they are compliant with domestic and global standards/regulations.
FLOCERT is a leading global certification body, offering verification services for social and environmental standards as well as private codes of conduct.
Both EDGE and EDGEplus Certification are valid for two years.
EDGE Certification is granted on a country-by-country basis because laws, regulations and cultural differences can either help or hinder an organization’s DE&I efforts. An organization can become globally EDGE Certified if each of the countries that together represent 80% of the total global workforce are taking part in the process.