Supporting our Clients in the Workplace - Case Studies

Edge Certification Standard

The EDGE Certified Standard was developed with the input of experts in gender equality from leading academic institutions and top multinational companies. The EDGE assessment methodology was developed by the EDGE Certified Foundation and launched at the World Economic Forum in 2011. EDGE has been designed to help companies not only create an optimal workplace for women and men, but also to benefit from it. The methodology uses a business, rather than theoretical, approach that incorporates benchmarking, metrics and accountability into the process. The EDGE Certified Standard ensures that companies certified to the standard have a structured and systematic approach to measure, track and close the corporate gender gap by looking at both quantitative and qualitative indicators, including:

  • Equal pay for equivalent work
  • Recruitment & promotion
  • Leadership development
  • Flexible working
  • Company culture

Intertek was the first certification body fully approved to certify companies against the EDGE Standard. During 2017 amongst others, our team in Mexico certified the Banco de Mexico, the Central Bank of Mexico, to the EDGE Standard.

Certifying to OHSAS 18001

We can provide our customers with the support they need to be certified as an organisation with high quality health and safety management systems. lntertek provides enterprises with occupational health and safety management system certification services to UK domestic standard GB/T28001 and international standard OHSAS 18001.

In 2018, ISO 45001 is due to be published – this standard is set to replace the popular OHSAS 18001 standard with the same overall purpose – to improve the occupational health and safety performance of an organisation. ISO 45001 will more easily integrate with other ISO Management Systems standards including ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015.

As globalisation and global trade continue to escalate, organisations' stakeholders are expecting organisations to be ethical in every aspect of their business, especially in the way they treat employees. ISO 45001 will give organisations an internationally recognised occupational health and safety standard to follow. This standard provides the specification for formal systematic analysis and management of risk; management of regulatory compliance; promotion of safer work practices and evaluation of occupational health and safety performance. This systematic approach facilitates a decrease in the number of incidents and ultimately less disruption to business.

In 2017, lntertek certified PepsiCo in China to the OHSAS 18001 standard amongst other customers. Going forward, lntertek will be working with its customers to ensure a smooth transition to ISO 45001 from OHSAS 18001, whilst also encouraging more organisations to work towards this internationally recognised benchmark in health and safety management.