The UCI, cycling’s international governing body, has claimed a significant landmark in the movement to gender equality in sport with a certification award marking its achievements in the field.
The federation announced on Thursday that it had been granted the EDGE Certification Seal, reflecting the efforts it has made towards parity between its employees, at the same time that it looks to raise opportunities in and the profile of women’s cycling.
EDGE Access is the first level of the certification, and the UCI is taking steps to obtain the second level, EDGE Move, within two years.
The UCI is the first international sports federation to have subjected itself to the examination by FLOCert, an independent certification body, and the award follows an audit conducted in September of last year.
The governing body said that in order to achieve the next level, it will develop an internal policy covering matters such as work flexibility, equal pay for men and women, prevention of all forms of harassment in the workplace and the promotion of diversity and integration.
The UCI said measure it has enacted within cycling in in recent years included:
- 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
Hailing the progress to date, 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 added: “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.”