Gender Fair rates companies on metrics derived from the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) to ensure companies meet benchmark investments in gender equality—internally and in the communities they serve.
Launched in 2010 by UN Women & the United Nations Global Compact, the WEPs offer specific, measurable goals for gender equity.
Gender Fair ratings are presented as letter grades and are the total of scores in 4 key areas:
- Are there leadership programs for women?
- Does the percentage of women in the C-Suite or Executive Committee **meet or exceed the current benchmark of 14% (average in Fortune 500)?
- Does the percentage of women on the Board meet or exceed the current benchmark of 20% (average in Fortune 500)?
- Is the percentage of women of color on the board above the current benchmark of 5%?
- Does the percentage of women in management meet or exceed the current benchmark of 40% (average according to US Government Accounting Agency)? NB: Management figures are self-reported, and definitions may vary.
**We use the number provided to the SEC of the highest paid executives. For non-US companies where that data is not available we count the executives with the word Chief in their titles, and if that is not applicable, we use the company’s listing of top executives.
- Does the paid maternity leave meet or exceed the current benchmark of 12 weeks?
- Does the fully paid paternity leave meet or exceed the current benchmark of six weeks?
- Does the company report employee diversity?
- Does the company report diversity in its supply chain?
- Does the company have programs for female employees, such as onsite childcare and lactation rooms?
- Has the company completed a gender pay gap audit?
- Does the company have any of the following in regards to sexual harassment: third party reporting, warm or hot-line, ombuds, a non-retaliation policy or non-forced arbitration?
To get this score, we reviewed at least five ads or images for each of the company’s six major brands. The average of this score makes up the Consumer Score.
A | A brand receives an “A” if any single one of its ads depicts a man or a woman breaking a gender stereotype such as a man playing with a baby or a woman hiking alone.
B | A brand receives a “B” if the advertising is neutral and does not break stereotypes but is also not offensive.
C | A brand receives a “C” if a man or a woman is shown as a victim of any violence or is dressed in clothing that is not typical or relevant to the activity such as a woman wearing a bathing suit in a supermarket.
- Does the company/brand have CSR programs that focus on women specifically?
- Is this program a one-off campaign or a long-term program?
- Does the company’s women-focused initiatives address an issue other than breast cancer?
- Is the company transparent about its CSR or philanthropy? Does the company publish a CSR or philanthropy report, site, or page?
- Does the company report dollar amounts of all donations?
- Does the company publish dollar amounts of donations to women’s programs?
- Does the company publish the financial contributions to its women-focused programs?
- Does the company have a nationally or internationally-focused CSR/philanthropic program for women?*
* labeled as «other» on the Gender Fair app because of space limitations.