Mexican Standard NMX-R-025-SCFI-2009 on labor equality between men and women is a legal certification instrument whose application is voluntary.
It establishes requirements in the form of practices and indicators that provide evidence that organizations are respecting labor principles in the areas of:
1. Equality and nondiscrimination in: internal and external communications, recruitment, selection and retention in work; wages and salaries; incentives and compensation, and vertical and horizontal promotion.
2. Social insurance on a non-discriminatory basis, and implementation of systems and mechanisms for combining family and working life.
3. Workplace environment free of workplace violence.
4. Accessibility and ergonomics for pregnant women, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens.
5. Freedom to organize, respect for rights of association, without discrimination.
The Standard may be applied by any company, government area or agency, labor union, or civil society organization, regardless of size or activity, throughout Mexican territory.
The Standard was prepared by the Comité Técnico de Normalización Nacional de Igualdad de Oportunidades e Inclusión Laboral [Technical Committee for National Standardization of Equal Opportunity and Labor Inclusion] by a plurality of public agencies, and private and civil society organizations. It was published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación on April 9, 2009, and entered into force on June 8, 2009.
Compliance is evaluated at the request of the organization concerned by certification bodies accredited to perform that task.
To obtain certification under the Standard, the organization concerned must comply with 75% of the items stipulated therein, as well as three crucial items:
- Vacancy announcements or job listings written in non-sexist language and free of any form of discriminatory language.
- Explicit prohibition of pregnancy and HIV/AIDS testing as a hiring requirement.
- Policies, programs, and mechanisms in place to prevent, address, and punish acts of workplace violence.
Organizations certified under the Standard obtain different benefits, since good labor practices positively impact worker behavior, effectiveness, and efficiency, with direct impact on the organization’s productivity and competitiveness. Certified organizations can also use the Labor Equality among Women and Men trademark on their products, documents, and institutional image so that society, workers, and customers identify their socially responsible commitment to labor equality and gender equity.
To facilitate the application of the Standard, the STPS has implemented an on-line assistant for self-assessment by organizations on the extent of implementation of the Standard in their workplace (http://igualdadlaboral.stps.gob.mx/igualdadlaboral/login/loginCT.aspx).
To promote labor relations with equal opportunity and free of all forms of discrimination, and to recognize, through certification, organizations demonstrating its effective application.