Employee Gender Diversity
The Impaakt Team
9 min Read Time | March 21st 2023
Under the topic of Gender Diversity, Impaakt assesses how companies empower or degrade women in the workplace.
To assess the value of Gender Diversity analyses, consider how positive/negative impacts related to women empowerment/degradation, gender equality/inequality, and gender inclusion/discrimination.
When rating the scale of a company’s impact, consider the size of the company’s workforce (breadth), the proportion of women vs. men at different levels, the pay gap (depth), and how constant the company is at empowering or degrading women (persistence).
👉Note: Impact topics are a set of social and environmental impacts identified by the Impaakt Team to provide an additional layer of complex insight into measuring current impact. They range from general themes like Greenhouse Gas emissions and Job Creation to industry-specific topics such as Gentrification and Water Pollution. Check our Frameworks section for more information.
How do we incorporate the topic of Employee Gender Diversity into multiple categories within our frameworks?
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How to rate the topic
Due to the nature of the topic, Employee Gender Diversity can be either positive or negative. To assess the value of the company’s impact, think about how important gender equality in the workplace is for societies. This dimension is linked to the overall impact of empowerment or degradation of women.
How positive/negative do you consider impacts related to women empowerment, gender inequality, and gender discrimination to be? To decide whether the impact is positive or negative, ask yourself:
Does the representation fall within the ILO’s standards (a representation of 40-60% of either gender)?
Is it degrading women by keeping them concentrated in lower-level jobs with little to no presence in decision-making roles?
Is the company paying men and women the same for the same amount of work? How big is the gender pay gap at the company?
Does it offer opportunities to further enhance their skillset?
Does it discriminate against employees based on their gender?
The value is linked to the topic treated and not to the company’s specific impact. Thus, the value should hold some consistency across industries.
The scale is related to the company’s impact. It consists of three dimensions: Breadth, Depth, and Persistence.
The breadth captures the range or extent of the company’s impact and it is related to the quantitative part of the analysis. For this topic, the breadth is multi-dimensional and can be addressed from different angles considering what is disclosed in the analysis.
When deciding the breadth, answer the following questions:
How vast is the company’s impact?
How many employees does it have?
How many women employees does the company have?
Depth is related to the complexity and profundity of the impact described (i.e., it's related to the extent of the impact).
When deciding the depth, answer the following questions:
What is the proportion of women in leadership/decision-making roles?
Is there a glass ceiling effect (women concentrated in lower-level jobs with little to no presence in leadership roles)?
Are women paid equally compared to their male counterparts? If not, how significant is the pay gap?
Persistence evaluates the impact of the company over time (i.e., is linked to the duration of the impact described)
When deciding the persistence, answer the following questions:
How much has the representation of women in the company’s workforce changed over the years?
Is the company putting in efforts to further empower women at different levels?
Does the company have clearly set goals to empower women in its workforce? Has it managed to achieve its previous goals?
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