Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators

Values & Policies

Your organisational values describe your organisation’s core principles. They underpin your organisation’s culture and inform the policies that are put in place. It is likely that if you’ve been operating for a while, your team and stakeholders will already have deeply-held values associated with your organisation, which may or may not align with your gender diversity goals.


    Whilst your organisation may recognise the value of gender diversity and inclusivity, it might not be recognised as a strategic priority, and may not be reflected across your organisation’s values and policies.


    To have gender diversity as one of your organisation’s top priorities and share that commitment with your team and stakeholders through your company’s values and policies.


    Example measurement indicators and collection methods can be found here.

Why it matters

Values and policies underpin your organisation’s culture and signals your company’s serious commitment to addressing gender issues, which can help  in attracting, hiring, retaining, and aligning a gender diverse team and board. It can also help in attracting diverse entrepreneurs, as well as stakeholders and supporters.


Do our company’s values and policies include our commitment to addressing gender issues?


  • 1.

    Include a value around gender.

  • 2.

    Publicise your values on all marketing collateral. For example, values should be on your website, social media platforms, and  job advertisements.

  • 3.

    Create contextualised policies around gender diversity, equity and inclusion. Have these accessible via your organisational code of conduct.

  • 4.

    Ensure a gender lens is applied to all existing policies. For example, ‘maternity leave’ may be better framed as ‘parental leave’ in order to be accessible to all genders.