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Malta: Equality Mark

September 21st 2015

Description

The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE)’s Equality Mark Certification is awarded to companies that truly foster gender equality in their work policies and practices. This Certification awards equal opportunity employers who have in place initiatives that go over and above the minimum required by the law in the area of gender equality in employment and in the provision of goods and services.

Social context

The Equality Mark award aims to address challenges in the field of gender equality and employment in Malta, namely: the participation rate of women in employment, which although on the increase, is still relatively low and a gender-segregated labour market where a high percentage of women are employed in low-paid sectors. The Equality Mark promotes female participation in the labour market and career advancement for women. It was developed to empower more employers to enhance their commitment towards gender equality and implement good practices in this regard.

Technical Requirements

Awarded companies can utilise the Equality Mark logo following an assessment on set criteria. During the certification process, the NCPE ensures that the organisation:

  • Implements equality principles in recruitment
  • Issues gender inclusive documents and adverts
  • Does not discriminate on the basis of gender in training opportunities offered to staff
  • Strives to develop a discrimination and harassment-free workplace through implementing Equality and Sexual Harassment policies which include internal reporting procedures for cases of discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Offers Family Friendly Measures such as telework, flexible hours and reduced hours
  • Appoints an Equality Representative, or an Equality Committee, that gender mainstreams the company’s policies/practices and serves as a point of reference to employees who wish to discuss any issue related to gender equality
  • Gives equal pay for work of equal value
  • Applies equality standards in the provision of goods and services

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