The Gender Equality Mainstreaming (GEM) Framework has two components:
The GEM Self-assessment: This assessment is composed of three surveys that allow companies to measure their own gender equality and inclusion performance across a series of environmental, social, and governance(ESG) criteria. After providing a gender score for each component of ESG, MEDA then offers a series of recommendations on ways that the business can mainstream gender within operations.
The GEM Framework: This comprehensive framework is presented as a manual and can be used by investors and capacity builders to assess gender equality and measure gender mainstreaming strategies within a business.
The six steps of the GEM Framework are:
Step 1: Identification: Determine whether a business is an appropriate candidate for GEM.
Step 2: Scoping assessment: Complete a high-level assessment of business performance in GEM and business practices and policies.
Step 3: Full assessment: Conduct an in-depth assessment of business performance in GEM and identify areas of improvement. Businesses can also complete this step to conduct a self-assessment.
Step 4: Strategy development: Develop GEM strategies that align with business growth.
Step 5: Implementation, monitoring, and learning: Monitor and learn from GEM implementation.
Step 6: Impact measurement: Measure the long-term impact of GEM implementation initiatives.
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