Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for Public and Private Enterprises

To close persistent gender gaps in the workplace, UNDP is supporting governments to implement a Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for Public and Private Enterprises. The initiative leverages the key role that the private sector can play in creating equitable conditions for men and women, which is critical to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Companies which are awarded the Seal are recognized for meeting specific standards to promote gender equality in the workplace. Originally pioneered in Latin America, the Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme is now expanding globally. For participating companies, it can support a more efficient and equitable workplace, increase staff performance, and enhance public image.

The Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme offers governments a solid platform to reduce inequalities in the workplace, promote good labour practices and policies, strengthen relationships with the private sector and support south-south cooperation.

The key areas for Gender Equality Seal certification include:

  • Eliminating gender-based pay gaps
  • Increasing women’s roles in decision-making
  • Enhancing work-life balance
  • Enhancing women’s access to non-traditional jobs
  • Eradicating sexual harassment at work
  • Using inclusive, non-sexist communication

In response to the growing demand, UNDP is now preparing to work with partners in every region to adapt and implement the Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for Public and Private Enterprises.

Over 400 companies across ten countries have been certified since 2009.

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