Preparation for EDGE Certification®, which brings internal and external credibility to an organization’s DE&I progress through independently verified certification conducted by a third-party auditor.

What is EDGE Certification®?

EDGE Certification® is the leading global standard for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), centred on a workplace gender and intersectional equity approach. 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 shows 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

EDGE Certification® is granted by one of the EDGE Certified Foundation’s accredited independent third-party Certification Bodies.

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 remain valid for two years, during which time the organization has access to EDGE Empower to support its progress. In order to qualify for a global certification, the countries which account for 80% of an organization’s global workforce are required to go through the process and become individually certified. The Global EDGE Certification level reflects the lowest common denominator of the country‑level certifications.