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EDGE Americas and Brightworks Collaborate to Accelerate Progress on Workplace Equality Partnership Brings Data-Driven Assessment, Hands on Support, and Proven Strategies for Improvement to Organizations Pursuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

MAY 18, 2021 – EDGE Americas and Brightworks Consulting announced today a new strategic partnership that will combine their deep expertise and decades of experience in developing and implementing workplace equality solutions. Together, they will work with organizations that are committed to measuring, accelerating, and certifying workplace equality by providing comprehensive data analysis, developing strategies for improvement, and supporting program implementation with the ultimate goal of achieving EDGE certification for gender and intersectional equality.

“Around the world, EDGE accelerates progress toward equality for organizations by delivering a holistic strategy proven to enhance performance, improve culture, and attract and retain talent. By partnering with Brightworks in the United States, we are strengthening this approach and providing a deeper, more rigorous level of implementation support with a team of experts who know firsthand what it takes to move the needle toward more equitable workplaces,” said Patricia Milligan, CEO of EDGE Americas.

“There is an emergent demand for best practice solutions that solve for equity in the workplace, especially as industry designs the future of work,” said Christine Gannon, CEO of Brightworks Consulting. “Brightworks, as a collaborative partner with EDGE, has the ability to strengthen organizations that are driven to solve for equity in the workplace with a formal industry certification to support that mission.  This alliance provides the next level of evolution on the path to an inclusive and equitable workforce.”

The EDGE and Brightworks partnership will bring together the proven EDGE methodology with the on-the-ground support of expert Brightworks consultants.

As the leading global certification standard for gender equality, EDGE has developed a strategy tool that analyzes organizational policies and practices, qualitative survey data from employees, peer benchmarking, and statistics on key measures like recruitment, promotion, compensation, and Board make-up. EDGE then offers recommendations that are tailored and scalable to build and improve upon each organization’s baseline.

This approach is perfectly aligned with the expertise of Brightworks. Brightworks Consulting is a woman-owned global consulting practice empowering organizations with leading edge strategy and design. Recognizing that organizations seek solutions and expertise to solve for equity in the workplace, Brightworks offers a team of skilled professionals who provide expertise and guidance as companies navigate the next steps in their transformation. Brightworks Consulting serves across industry and sector, with talent strategy and workforce planning to include leadership development and improving company culture.

This exciting new partnership is endorsed by the Foundation for Female Equity and Inclusion, a global non-profit whose research fosters the mission of a more equitable workplace.

To learn more about the collaboration and services provided by EDGE and Brightworks, please contact

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