(Source: Manila Times | December 3, 2018)
Stores Specialist Inc. (SSI Group) recently received the Economics Dividend for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certification, for its efforts to reinforce strong gender balance and an inclusive workplace culture–the first specialty retail company to get certified in the Philippines and in South East Asia.
EDGE is the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality. They assess policies, practices, and numbers across five different areas of analysis, namely equal pay for equivalent work, recruitment, promotion, leadership development training and mentoring, as well as flexible working and company culture.
“Strengthening a culture of inclusivity and equality is vital to every company’s success,” says Anton Huang, president of the SSI Group, Inc. “SSI is no different. With the EDGE certification, we are more confident that the policies we have in place are essential to achieving gender equality in our workplace culture.”
As an EDGE-certified company, SSI demonstrates strong gender balance within its organization through equal growth and opportunities for men and women as well as policies that ensure equal and equitable career flows, among others.
SSI Group Inc., led by Huang is also a founding member of the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE). PBCWE is a coalition of seven large and influential businesses committed to pursue gender equality in the workplace. Employers that are part of PBCWE are responsible for taking strides in not only heralding gender equality in the workplace but also influencing other companies to follow suit in becoming better employers of women.
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