NGX becomes first exchange group globally to achieve EDGE Certification

Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group) is has announced that it has been awarded the EDGE certification, making it the first exchange group globally and the first indigenous Nigerian organization to be EDGE certified.

NGX Group was certified at the EDGE Assess level, which highlights the progress the company has made on diversity, equity, and inclusion and its commitment to ensuring equal opportunities across its talent pool. EDGE, which stands for Economic Dividends for Gender Equality, is the leading global standard for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), centred on a workplace gender and intersectional equity approach. The certification process involved employee surveys, analysis of group-wide workforce statistics, focus group discussions, and a rigorous third-party audit of all data provided by the company and its policies and practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“We are thrilled to have achieved yet another first in our efforts to promote gender equality and champion Africa’s sustainable development,” said Oscar N. Onyema, OON, Group Chief Executive Officer, NGX Group. “This certification demonstrates our dedication to creating an inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplace. At NGX Group, we believe that diversity and inclusivity are fundamental to our success. With the EDGE certification, we now benefit from being verified against global best standards as we continually measure and benchmark progress around gender equality.”

The IFC’s Senior Country Manager for Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Kalim M. Shah, said, “Stock exchanges play a crucial role in driving gender equality in the private sector, unlocking business opportunities and promoting economic development. IFC is pleased to have supported the Nigerian Exchange Group as the first stock exchange globally to attain the EDGE Gender Certification, creating stronger transparency and accountability for its role in championing workplace gender parity in Nigeria, and serving as a model for other exchanges across Africa and globally.”

The Founder, EDGE Certification Foundation, Aniela Unguresan, said “Through the certification process, the Nigerian Exchange Group has strengthened its foundation for promoting gender equity in the organisation. The attainment of the EDGE Assess Certification is a clear indication of the Nigerian Exchange Group’s commitment to implementing intentional, prioritized, and measured actions towards achieving greater gender equity in the workplace.”