The Gender Equity Index (GEI)

At Equal Origins, we’re committed to forging more equitable and sustainable supply chains. Integrating equity and inclusion drives value, efficiency, and efficacy for businesses and positive change for communities.

Our Gender Equity Index (GEI) is a cornerstone of this mission, offering a free, online diagnostic tool that aids companies to integrate gender-responsive strategies throughout their producer programs.




Clarify gender equity gaps and strengths within suppliers’ current sustainability and responsible sourcing programs


Proposes recommendations that these organizations can use to prioritize high-value actions and specific next steps


A common language to improve engagement, prompt action, and encourage investment


Establishes the capacity to monitor gender equity progress year over year in a consistent evidence-based way for the first time.

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How the GEI Works

Based on IFPRI’s Reach, Benefit, and Empower and Transform Framework, the GEI provides a thorough analysis, identifying opportunities for companies and their supply chain partners to bolster gender equitable service provision. This analysis culminates in a detailed report with proposed recommendations, laying the groundwork for a tailored Gender Equity Development Plan (GEDP) – your roadmap to integrating gender equity into your operations.

The GEI process sparked a very good conversation between the two [origin teams who took the GEI] in terms of what we need to do to further integrate gender into all our projects. Both origins have very specific women-focused projects that don’t really touch the whole supply chain, the GEI helped them to see what we could do in the whole supply chain to address equality at a larger scale. [The process helped…] to generate that conversation and help us think as we go forward, so we’re happy to roll it out to our other origins.

— Pam Schreier, Global Sustainability Senior Manager for Cocoa at ECOM.

From a roaster standpoint, the GEI tool is a great way to engage our business partners and begin the necessary discussions on gender equity. The essence of the GEI tool and program will add considerable value to our sustainability programs, providing meaningful impact for our coffee communities and partners.

— Craig James, CEO, Barrie House Coffee

GEI Gender Expert Panel

We are grateful for the following experts’ invaluable contributions to the design of the GEI.

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Research on the State of Equitable Service Provision


With support of Yale University, Women Forward International and UNITAR, Equal Origins conducted research into the State of Service Provision in Coffee and Cocoa.  Read the report here.