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Empowering all Women and

Closing the Gender Gap

Created with the pro bono support of McKinsey & Company, the Women in Governance
Parity Certification starts with a thorough diagnostic of an organization’s position
on the gender parity spectrum as it pertains to the strategies (culture and commitments)
and actions (communications, policy and programs) and the results they yield.
Following this assessment, the customized report outlines best practices and the key drivers
to enable an organization to build a roadmap to gender parity and achieve greater inclusion.


The Parity Certification is

Contributing to Change by:

  • 1

    Influencing organizations to implement programs and practices that foster career advancement of women from all backgrounds to senior leadership positions.

  • 2

    Enabling organizations to attract the best and brightest talent.

  • 3

    Highlighting a more inclusive company culture which correlates with higher employee engagement.

  • 4

    Supporting enhanced innovation and ability to respond to market fluctuations.

  • 5

    Differentiating organizations such that they attract investors, customers and other stakeholders.

  • 6

    Engaging men as stakeholders in gender parity and
    recognizing their role as equal beneficiaries in the advancement of workplace inclusion.


A Roadmap to the

Certification Process

The Parity Certification provides participants organizations with a robust and confidential evaluation
on where they stand in regard to gender parity while accounting for the multiple impacts of diversity
in women’s career advancement (intersectionality).

1

Assessment

Assessment

  • Pre-Qualification
  • Parity Certification Questionnaire

An evaluation result in a certification level, validated by our independent certification partners. A customized report identifies your strengths and provides you with best practices for those drivers that demonstrate opportunities for improvement.

2

Certification

Certification

  • Level of Certification
  • Customized Report

Our Parity Forums offer attending organizations an exhaustive analysis of the most significant trends within their cohort, insights to global diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) trends facilitated by our partners and the opportunity to exchange best practices with their peers.

3

Gender parity community

Gender parity community

  • Parity Forums
  • Career advancement events for all women

Certified organizations are nationally honoured at our Annual Recognition Galas in Toronto and in Montreal, where leaders from the corporate and political world gather to recognize the efforts taken by certified organizations.

4

Recognition & Branding

Recognition & Branding

  • Annual Recognition Galas
  • Leveraging Certification

Women in Governance Enablement Services are designed to help organizations identify gaps in order to achieve a more inclusive workplace and build concrete actions that can then be implemented in the short to medium term. These will serve as the building blocks to sustaining inclusive workplaces over time.

5

Enablement Services

Enablement Services

  • Roadmap to parity

Due to the tenuous and dynamic nature of gender parity, re-certification efforts are crucial to ensure continued progress and sustained results.

6

Recertification

Recertification

  • Reach and sustain parity
  • Continue to strive towards enhanced inclusion

Our 4 Certification Levels

Bronze
Silver
Gold
Platinum

Organizations that participate in the Parity Certification will gain insights on what programs and policies they should have in place within their organization to implement best practices in terms of recruitment, training, promotions, compensation, and talent management. Depending on where they sit on the gender parity spectrum, these organizations can qualify for Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum certification level.

The evaluation comprises over 75 quantitative and qualitative criteria taking into account the multiple impacts of diversity in women’s career advancement (intersectionality). Certified organizations will be recognized for their efforts and can progressively move to higher levels of certification while those that have not qualified will obtain recommendations that support their efforts to qualify for certification in the future.

We strongly encourage organizations that have not yet implemented the mechanisms to enable women form all backgrounds to progress and don’t feel they could be certified to engage in the certification process nonetheless. The Parity Certification is a means to receive the experts support required to move the needle and achieve, enhance, and sustain results.

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