Global Equality Standard

The Global Equality Standard (GES) is a comprehensive assessment framework which provides an in-depth diagnostic of all aspects of DEI and sets out clear strategic recommendations and a detailed action plan for improvement. The GES forms part of a family of Equality Standards and sits alongside the National and Supplier Equality Standard, powered by EY. There are now over 400 organisations who have engaged with the frameworks globally.

The GES framework is universal and increasingly being applied internationally by world leading brands. The GES takes into account the nuances of each culture across the globe including external socio-political environment, legislative and regulatory requirements, permissibility of demographic data collection, cultural views and norms and external/industry levels of DEI maturation and best practice.

We’re extremely grateful for what the process has given us. The ability to grow.

Phil Smith

Chairman UK & Ireland, Cisco International Ltd

The NES assessment process is both rigorous and thought provoking and has provided us with best practice for our areas of improvement. The process and the assessors empowered our people to tell their story in terms of their experience in the workplace and it highlighted our culture positively contributes to creating our diverse and inclusive team of people here at WSP.

Nicola Wooder

HR Director UK Transport & Infrastructure and Africa

The benefits

The benefits are endless

  • Meticulous

    Provides detailed, specific and bespoke recommendations

  • Inclusive

    Industry agnostic - relevant & applicable regardless of sector and size

  • Trusted

    Addresses all relevant under represented groups and incorporates all aspects of DEI into one single assessment framework

  • Insightful

    Unique insight obtained from our breadth of client experience, with over 400 organisations across different industries and sectors having used the framework

  • Authentic

    Globally applicable registered trademark

  • Robust

    Streamlined assessment process with minimum effort required from participating organisations

  • Responsible

    A holistic standard covering all nine protected characteristics, and additionally social mobility, culture and legal compliance

Our Approach

Designed to be accessible

The GES assessment will be conducted through the use of technology and personal interaction, designed to provide you with clear and detailed outputs:


  • We will work with you to define the scope of the assessment, agreeing on assessment options and participating counties.

  • 2

  • Countries complete the first phase of the assessment by working in partnership with EY to gather relevant documentation against the GES criteria.

  • 3

  • EY team reviews all the documentation and issues an interim statement of performance.

  • 4

  • The second phase of the assessment consists of tailored leadership interviews and employee focus group discussions.

  • 5

  • EY reviews all the evidence and provides a comprehensive report on findings and leading practice recommendations.

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Our Work

Global Equality Standard

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