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Non-legislative Initiatives for Companies to Promote Gender Equality at the Workplace

The report presents the results of a study commissioned by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, investigating initiatives such as prizes, awards, labels, charters, rankings etc. targeted at promoting gender equality in businesses and organisations. The study aimed at:

  • analysing and comparing the various types of initiatives to better understand their results, effectiveness, advantages and disadvantages as well as the benefits for companies;
  • taking stock of these initiatives in Europe;
  • identifying and highlighting good practices in the field of promoting gender equality.

Study on non-legislative initiatives for companies to promote gender equality at the workplace - Synthesis Report

Study on non-legislative initiatives for companies to promote gender equality at the workplace - Annex: Lists of analysed initiatives and companies

Database on non-legislative initiatives for companies to promote gender equality at the workplace (MS Access)

Raising the awareness of companies about combating gender stereotypes

At the end of 2007, the European Commission launched the initiative "raising the awareness of companies about combating gender stereotypes" to help private sector companies and in particular small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to better understand the benefits of combating gender stereotypes in the world of work. The initiative was managed by International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation with the association Eurochambres.

The main products delivered by the initiative for breaking gender stereotypes in SMEs are: