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Gender Equality Seal for Public and Private Organizations

To close persistent gender gaps in the workplace, UNDP is supporting public and private organizations to implement a Gender Equality Seal Programme, through which it recognizes these organizations for meeting specific standards to promote gender equality and empower women. UNDP provides partners with tools, guidance and specific assessment criteria to ensure successful implementation and certification. For participating organizations, Gender Equality Seal certification supports a more efficient and equitable workplace and contributes to the advancement of gender equality and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The key areas for the 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

·      Promoting women in business and cross-cutting the gender perspective in value chains.

Piloted in Latin America, the Gender Equality Seal is now expanding globally. In response to the growing demand, UNDP is working with partners in every region to adapt and implement the Gender Equality Seal for Public and Private Enterprises. UNDP has supported the creation of 16 national certification programmes, through which more than 600 diverse companies, covering industries that include energy, telecommunications, service, logistics, tourism and others, have been certified since 2009. This has impacted over 1.5 million female and male workers.

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