Certification is the final step of a structured approach to inclusion in organizations, as it allows the measurement of the most relevant indicators over time, in order to achieve gender balance.
Since 2017 Valore D has offered companies the opportunity to monitor the progress of strategies towards greater gender and age inclusion through the Inclusion Impact Index. The Inclusion Impact Index is based on the sustainability indicators provided for by the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), which is the international standard for reporting non-financial information.
Gender certification in the PNRR
The certification of gender equality has been included by the Government in the Mission 5 of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), “Cohesion and Inclusion”, and is one of the key innovations introduced by law 162/2021, in force since December 3, which modifies the Code of equal opportunities between men and women (Legislative Decree 198/2006).
On April 5 2022, the Ministry of Equal Opportunities established a Permanent Working Group on gender certification for businesses with the aim of monitoring its functioning over time.
The Italian standardization body UNI has implemented the provisions of the law by publishing on April 16 2022 the reference practice UNI PdR 125:2022,
which is a model of quantitative and qualitative indicators regarding the policies and the practices on gender diversity in organizations.
The practice contemplates the activities of measurement, reporting and evaluation of gender data in the organizations with the goal of bridging the gaps that currently exist, as well as incorporating a new paradigm on gender equality into the DNA of organizations, in a way that produces a sustainable and lasting change over time.
The certification represents an important and useful tool for companies to certify the real policies and practices adopted by employers, aimed at reducing the gaps in terms of growth opportunities, equal pay for equal jobs and maternity in the management of gender differences. By obtaining the certification, companies will have a 1% reduction (up to 50.000€ per year) on the fiscal contributions, as well as reward scores for tenders of private and public projects.
This is not a national standard, but it defines the guidelines on the management system for gender equality, through the use of a structured set of performance indicators (KPIs) regarding gender equality policies in use in the private and public organizations.
The certification will be voluntary and will be provided exclusively by accredited certification bodies.