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Gender Equity Plan

Gender Equity Plan

The following Gender Equity Plan (GEP) for the Industry Commons Foundation is for the period September 1st 2021 to June 1st 2022. The GEP will be revised after this period, then every two years, to be formalised by the board and signed by the Foundation Chair.

Gender Equity at the Industry Commons Foundation

The Industry Commons Foundation already maintains an even gender balance both at a managerial level and at an operational one. As both women and men take part in research activities for the ICF, we believe that promoting gender equality structural change is not a women’s issue. Men are explicitly called upon to engage, together with women, in initiatives towards full gender equity within the organisation and in all of its projects. Further, we believe that interdisciplinarity and dialogue between disciplines is one of the crucial
means for introducing and addressing gender issues in research, and this interdisciplinarity is a key mission focus for ICF.

ICF commits to the application of resources and internal expertise to implement the following plan and over the 2021-22 period, ICF will establish clear guidance, policies and concrete measures to support it. Specific, realistic and timely measures will be implemented during the period covered, and reviewed for the creation of each subsequent GEP. Responsibility for ensuring that the plan will be carried out lies primarily with ICF management, and personnel are encouraged to ensure that the plan is observed and maintained throughout the period.

Work-life balance and organisational culture

The Industry Commons Foundation supports a positive work-life balance among its board and staff. Remote working and telecommuting are encouraged and flexible hours are available. Most ICF work can be conducted at any time of day, and work can be structured around family commitments, medical appointments or other life requirements. Employees of the Industry Commons Foundation are encouraged to use their paid leave allowance, and the Foundation plans to ensure that this flexibility and organisational culture is maintained as the organisation grows.

Gender balance in leadership and decision-making

The Industry Commons Foundation is a female-led organisation with a board that is more than 50% women. The ICF plan is to ensure that gender balance is maintained at all times through any personnel changes. Top-level decisions are made either by democratic vote within the board or by executive decision of the chair.

Gender equality in recruitment and career progression

Employees of the Industry Commons Foundation are also currently made up of more than 50% women. The plan is to ensure that this balance and level of representation across all layers of the organisation is maintained as the foundation grows.

Integration of the gender dimension into research and teaching content

At present, the Industry Commons Foundation does not conduct formal teaching, but research projects are a core part of its activities. The Foundation keeps a central database of all research projects and monitors both the specifically gender-related projects and the gender dimension of projects not specifically focused on gender. From 2022, an annual performance report will be published to account for gender-related research. In addition the Foundation has a policy of incorporating gender where appropriate in the context of research, as well as within practices of operational conduct. ICF is particularly aware of the gender imbalance represented within STEM and ensures that specific measures are taken to actively include and reflect the voices of women and gender minorities within research interviews, case studies and focus groups. At the same time, data collection methodologies will ensure that strict privacy regarding gender identity is maintained among research participants as appropriate.

Measures against gender-based violence including sexual harassment.

The Industry Commons Foundation is registered in Stockholm, Sweden where strong legislation has been passed in order to combat and prevent male violence against women, ensuring that that women and men, girls and boys must have the same right and access to physical integrity. The Industry Commons Foundation works closely with established gender researchers and gender studies professors and plans to consult with them to establish specific measures and develop training and guides on gender equality and unconscious gender bias for ICF personnel. ICF plans to ensure that formal internal policies and action steps circulated within the organisation are in line with those recommended under Swedish law.

Michela Magas
Chair, Industry Commons Foundation

Gender Equity at the Industry Commons Foundation

The Industry Commons Foundation already maintains an even gender balance both at a managerial level and at an operational one. As both women and men take part in research activities for the ICF, we believe that promoting gender equality structural change is not a women’s issue. Men are explicitly called upon to engage, together with women, in initiatives towards full gender equity within the organisation and in all of its projects. Further, we believe that interdisciplinarity and dialogue between disciplines is one of the crucial
means for introducing and addressing gender issues in research, and this interdisciplinarity is a key mission focus for ICF.

ICF commits to the application of resources and internal expertise to implement the following plan and over the 2021-22 period, ICF will establish clear guidance, policies and concrete measures to support it. Specific, realistic and timely measures will be implemented during the period covered, and reviewed for the creation of each subsequent GEP. Responsibility for ensuring that the plan will be carried out lies primarily with ICF management, and personnel are encouraged to ensure that the plan is observed and maintained throughout the period.

Work-life balance and organisational culture

The Industry Commons Foundation supports a positive work-life balance among its board and staff. Remote working and telecommuting are encouraged and flexible hours are available. Most ICF work can be conducted at any time of day, and work can be structured around family commitments, medical appointments or other life requirements. Employees of the Industry Commons Foundation are encouraged to use their paid leave allowance, and the Foundation plans to ensure that this flexibility and organisational culture is maintained as the organisation grows.

Gender balance in leadership and decision-making

The Industry Commons Foundation is a female-led organisation with a board that is more than 50% women. The ICF plan is to ensure that gender balance is maintained at all times through any personnel changes. Top-level decisions are made either by democratic vote within the board or by executive decision of the chair.

Gender equality in recruitment and career progression

Employees of the Industry Commons Foundation are also currently made up of more than 50% women. The plan is to ensure that this balance and level of representation across all layers of the organisation is maintained as the foundation grows.

Integration of the gender dimension into research and teaching content

At present, the Industry Commons Foundation does not conduct formal teaching, but research projects are a core part of its activities. The Foundation keeps a central database of all research projects and monitors both the specifically gender-related projects and the gender dimension of projects not specifically focused on gender. From 2022, an annual performance report will be published to account for gender-related research. In addition the Foundation has a policy of incorporating gender where appropriate in the context of research, as well as within practices of operational conduct. ICF is particularly aware of the gender imbalance represented within STEM and ensures that specific measures are taken to actively include and reflect the voices of women and gender minorities within research interviews, case studies and focus groups. At the same time, data collection methodologies will ensure that strict privacy regarding gender identity is maintained among research participants as appropriate.

Measures against gender-based violence including sexual harassment.

The Industry Commons Foundation is registered in Stockholm, Sweden where strong legislation has been passed in order to combat and prevent male violence against women, ensuring that that women and men, girls and boys must have the same right and access to physical integrity. The Industry Commons Foundation works closely with established gender researchers and gender studies professors and plans to consult with them to establish specific measures and develop training and guides on gender equality and unconscious gender bias for ICF personnel. ICF plans to ensure that formal internal policies and action steps circulated within the organisation are in line with those recommended under Swedish law.

Michela Magas
Chair, Industry Commons Foundation

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