Demonstrate your commitment to gender equality. Get EQUAL-SALARY certified.
Are you ready to join the increasing number of organisations earning the right to use the EQUAL-SALARY label in their company communications?
Equal pay isn’t just a human right. It’s a business imperative. There’s now so much evidence on the benefits of gender equality and a diverse workforce that CEOs are expected to deliver.
By committing to diversity and equality, you improve your employer and company brand which enables you to attract and retain the best talent. It also attracts positive attention from new customers and enhances your reputation among investors.
Your commitment starts with the EQUAL-SALARY certification. It demonstrates that you’re paying men and women equal pay for equal work. The EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is an independent organisation that issues the certificate based on a consistent scientific approach. You also gain valuable insights into opportunities for improvement.
The EQUAL-SALARY certification puts you at the forefront of real change, leading the way to eliminate the gender pay gap. Are you ready to join the movement?
July 2020 marked a turning point for large companies in Switzerland with the entry in force of the amended Federal Act on Gender Equality. The amendments of the law bind companies with more than 100 employees to conduct an equal pay analysis by 30 June 2021. Have you conducted this analysis yet?
Independent certification by the EQUAL-SALARY Foundation based on PwC’s findings.
Focused, consistently applied methodology for certification, so you know that you are applying a robust, tried and tested methodology developed in Switzerland.
Certification earns you a place among the best employers that don’t just talk about their commitment to equality, but can actually demonstrate it.
Fairness is fundamental in creating an engaged and high performing workforce. How can people feel valued knowing or believing that someone else is paid differently for doing the same work?
What makes Equal-Salary Certification a uniquely valuable business asset?
A reputation for high ethical standards enables companies to attract the best customers, staff and investors. Equal-Salary Certification backs up your reputation with objective evidence that you’re delivering the bottom line of equality: equal pay for men and women.
Equal-Salary Certification is credible because it does only one thing, but does it well: it confirms that your organisation meets a fixed standard in terms of equal pay. It’s not a comparative benchmark, but an unvarying standard applied equally and rigorously to all candidates, whatever their size, industry or prestige. You either have it or you don’t.
Equal-Salary Certification is rapidly becoming the gold standard of pay equality, with more and more organisations realising it’s worth its weight in gold.
Who needs Equal-Salary Certification?
Any organisation seeking objective, independent confirmation of its commitment to equal pay can benefit from Equal-Salary Certification The process is the same, whatever the size of the organisation or the industry it operates in. The price depends on the size and complexity of the organisation that’s being certified, not on the quality or level of certification granted. This is always the same, whether you’re a small local business or a large multinational operating in many territories around the world.
How is Equal-Salary Certification different from the labels offered by other providers?
Equal-Salary Certification is narrower in scope than the benchmarks offered by other providers – which is an advantage because it sends out a much clearer message. In fact Equal-Salary Certification isn’t even a benchmark: rather than ranking a candidate in comparison with its peers, certification confirms that a company meets an absolute, very high standard of pay equality.
Equal-Salary Certification focuses on a clearly defined parameter using a highly objective and rigorous process. This means the result is not diluted: you either have it or you don’t. Equal-Salary Certification puts you in the elite of pay equality – no ifs or buts.
Are we too small for certification?
The Equal-Salary Certification process can basically be applied to organisations of any size, from small local operation to large multinational. It’s true that a rigorous certification process comes at a cost, but the cost depends on the size and complexity of your set-up rather than the ‘grade’ of certification you’re granted – which is the same, whatever your size or wherever in the world you operate.
Anyone with Equal-Salary Certification, whatever their size, is part of the elite of equal pay organisations. And that earns them a reputation for high ethical standards that will attract the best customers, employees and investors.
What does Equal-Salary Certification cost?
The price of Equal-Salary Certification is scaled to the size and complexity of the candidate’s set-up, not to the ‘grade’ of certification awarded. Whatever your size, Equal-Salary Certification demonstrates that you meet the same high standards of pay equality as any other organisation with the certification.
Naturally such a rigorous, multi-tier process has a price – admittedly higher than many of the relative equality benchmarks in the marketplace. But more and more companies are realising that certification is worth paying for because it’s independent recognition that you meet a fixed global standard of equal pay – if you like, the gold standard of equality.
Johannes (Joop) Smits
Director, People and Organisation | Geneva, PwC Switzerland
Tel: +41 58 792 91 64
Senior Manager, People and Organisation, PwC Switzerland
Tel: +41 58 792 98 27