The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is proud to announce that it has been awarded the EDGE Certification Seal, the international benchmark for the certification of organisations in terms of professional gender equality.
After being audited in September 2019 by the independent certification body FLOCert, our Federation was awarded the first level of EDGE certification (EDGE Assess) on 23 October.
This award confirms our organization's commitment in this area and our first steps towards achieving equality between our employees.
The UCI is the first international sports federation to undertake this process and achieve this level of recognition.
Eager to strengthen its status as a leader in this field, the UCI has taken appropriate steps towards obtaining the second level of certification, EDGE Move, within two years. To achieve this, we will define, draft and implement an ambitious internal policy encompassing the following:
- Work flexibility
- Equal pay for men and women
- Prevention of all forms of harassment in the workplace
- Promotion of diversity and integration
The certification process being undertaken by our Federation is part of a series of important measures initiated in recent years. Their purpose is to provide governance in which transparency, fairness, representation and respect for individuals are highly valued, and include:
- Charter of Gender Equality within the UCI administration
- Charter of Gender Equality for Official Ceremonies at UCI World Championships
- Recognition of ethical principles by UCI Road Teams
- Enhanced athlete protection in the UCI Code of Ethics
- The revision of UCI Statutes, which will allow new requirements to be set for the minimum representation of each gender within the governing bodies of the UCI, Continental Confederations and National Federations
UCI Director General Amina Lanaya said: “As the first woman Director General of the UCI, I am very proud that our Federation has obtained EDGE certification. We are committed to an ambitious project to make the UCI an exemplary international sports body in terms of internal governance. In this context, the theme of gender equality is a priority, and we will continue to be committed to this goal in order to put in place, by 2021, a policy ensuring the well-being, equality and promotion of all our employees.”
UCI President David Lappartient said: "This certification is the latest in a suite of measures to ensure gender parity in our sport. This is true at the level of our athletes, particularly with the introduction of a minimum wage from this season in women's professional road cycling and in the better protection of the riders, but also at management level within our governing bodies, where women need to be better represented in management positions.”