Full report
Published: 30 March 2021

Global Gender Gap Report 2021

Contributors and Acknowledgements

World Economic Forum Centre for the New Economy and Society

Project team

Robert Crotti

Insight Lead

Kusum Kali Pal

Data and Research Analyst

Vesselina Ratcheva

Insights Lead

Saadia Zahidi

Managing Director


We are extremely grateful to our colleagues in the Centre for the New Economy and Society for their help and support, in particular to Elselot Hasselaar, Melisande Schifter and Gitanjali Chaturvedi. We also thank Minji Suh, Fellow to the World Economic Forum from Mercer. We are immensely grateful to Professor Ricardo Hausmann, Director of the Growth Lab at Harvard University’s Center for International Development, Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies, for their longstanding guidance and support. A special thank you to Michael Fisher for his excellent copyediting work and to Accurat for their outstanding graphic designing and layout of the report, as well as for its outstanding work to create the report’s Country Profiles and online Data Explorer, and Jordynn McKnight, who created the cover.

For more information, or to get involved, please contact cnes@weforum.org.


The Centre for the New Economy and Society aims to empower decision-making among leaders in business and policy by providing fresh, actionable insight through collaboration with leading experts and data-holding companies as part of its New Metrics Co-Lab. We would like to thank the following contributors for their collaboration and support to this report:


Kristin Keveloh, Senior Manager, Public Policy and Economic Graph Team

Jenny Ying, Tech Lead / Staff Data Scientist

Séin Ó Muineacháin, Manager, Economic Graph Research and Insights (EMEA)

Sharat Raghavan, Senior Manager, Economic Graph Research and Insights (NAMER)


Natalie Lacey, Chief Research Officer, Ipsos Global Affairs

Darrell Bricker, CEO, Ipsos Public Affairs

Centre for the New Economy and Society Business Partners

The World Economic Forum would like to thank the Business Partners of the Platform for their guidance and support.



Adecco Group AG



Amazon Web Services

AngloGold Ashanti Ltd

Aroundtown SA

Autodesk Inc.

Automatic Data Processing Inc.


Bahrain Economic Development


Bank of America

Bank of Montreal


BC Energy Investments Corp.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bloomberg LP

Carlsberg A/S

Centene Corporation

Cisco Systems Inc.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC

Cognizant Technology Solutions

US Corp.

Coursera Inc.

Crescent Enterprises

Dassault Systèmes SE

Dawood Hercules Corporation

Dell Technologies


Dentsu Inc.

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Post DHL Group

Dogan Şirketler Grubu Holding A.S

DP World Limited

Egon Zehnder

Eurasian Resources Group Sàrl

European Investment Bank (EIB)


Google Inc.

HCL Technologies Ltd

Heidrick & Struggles

Henry Schein Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

HP Inc.

HSBC Holdings Plc

Hubert Burda Media

IBM Corporation


Indus Group

Infosys Ltd

Ingka Group (IKEA)

Invesco Ltd

Islamic Development Bank

Jerónimo Martins SGPS SA


Johnson & Johnson



LinkedIn Corporation

Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC

LRN Corporation

LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis



Marsh & McLennan Companies

McKinsey & Company

Merck KGaA

Microsoft Corp.


NBCUniversal Media, LLC


Nokia Corporation

Novartis AG

NYSE Group Inc.

Old Mutual Limited

Open Society Institute

PAO Severstal


PJSC PhosAgro

Pladis Foods Limited


International Limited

Prince Mohammed Bin Salman bin

Abdulaziz (MiSK) Foundation

Procter & Gamble

Publicis Groupe

QI Group

RBC Financial Group

Recruit Holdings Co. Ltd

Reliance Industries Limited

RMZ Corp.

Royal DSM NV

Russell Reynolds Associates Inc.

Salesforce, Sàrl



Saudi Aramco

Sea Limited

SEEK Limited

Sempra Energy

Standard Chartered Bank

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

State Street Corporation

Teck Resources Limited

Uber Technologies Inc.



Verizon Communications

Visa Inc.

VMware Inc.

Willis Towers Watson

Wipro Limited

Workday Inc.

WorldQuant LLC

Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

Zurich Insurance Group

To learn more about the Centre for the New Economy and Society, please refer to the following website: https://www.weforum.org/platforms/shaping-the-future-of-the-new-economy-and-society.

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