Principle 7 Leadership, Transparency, and Accountability
Key Element A Leadership

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An effective means for creating gender equality in an organization is to demonstrate this commitment through values, strategies, mission, and actions. A commitment from the top and visible monitoring of initiatives, in particular by the CEO, sets the tone for an organization's policies and practices. Studies indicate that making gender equality high on the organization's strategic agenda and implementing and monitoring polices make a big difference in influencing the organization's performance.

There are 4 indicators for this element.
Indicator 1

Make gender equality a part of overall corporate strategy, including mission, values and strategic goals. Include a leadership statement on gender equality goals by the CEO in public materials such as the website, annual report, and/or sustainability report.

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Indicator 2

Institutionalize oversight of gender equality performance by either integrating oversight into a committee of the board of directors or electing a director with expertise on the issue. Establish organization-wide goals and targets for gender equality and procedure for monitoring progress.

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Indicator 3

Ensure CEO ownership of executive-level gender equality performance by developing and implementing organization policies, procedures, training, and internal reporting processes to ensure observance and implementation throughout the organization.

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Indicator 4

Audit gender initiatives on a regular basis for adequate resources and a structure for full implementation, including identifying committed champions from across business units or divisions to spearhead these initiatives.

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