The Gender Equality Scorecard© (“GES©”) is a proprietary tool Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (“SEAF”) developed to assess women’s economic empowerment and gender equality within growth-orientated small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The GES© provides an overall rating score for a company based on six gender equality performance vectors: pay equity, women’s workforce participation, gender diverse leadership and governance, benefits and professional development, safe and healthy workplace environment, and women-powered value chains. Each vector is scored on a 5-point scale from 1 = ‘we need to talk’ to 5 = ‘role model’.
The purpose of this Manual is to give the users of the tool clear guidance on how to score each gender equality vector consistently to reduce measurement error. Ultimately, the Gender Equality Scorecard© has been developed for companies, organizations and/or funds to use as a due diligence and gender lens investing toolkit, which applies consistent and comparable gender scoring of potential investable SMEs.