Posted by: unhcragd | November 24, 2009

Equal Salary Certification – Online Discussions Week #1

The online discussions called “Beijing at 15 – Online Discussions on Women and the Economy” hosted by WomenWatch and moderated by the World Bank kicked off this week and intriguing perspectives, initiatives are already emerging.  The format is a little clunky – it’s all emails and not interactive in real time, but the concept is interesting.   This week’s focus is Achievement. Click here for our original post and info on how to sign up.

Indie Bands with a Misson Flickr

One of the most interesting posts so far:   Veronique Goy Veenhuys, founder and CEO of a Swiss group called equal salary (the group posts their name in lower caps), reports her organization’s initiative called equal salary certification. (I love this!  Very positive!)  While many organizations claim they practice salary equity  –  the Swiss government reports a 19% salary disparity between women and men among Swiss companies and organizations.  Click here for the equal salary website in English.

The equal-salary certification, based on an objective scientific tool, allows companies to test their equal compensation policies in total confidentiality and to communicate about it.  Goy Veenhuys explains:

By becoming equal-salary certified, the company or organization has proof that it respects equal compensation for men and women and can communicate openly about its salary policy. By defusing a source of conflict, the company can directly influence employee motivation and its ability to attract the best female candidates.

equal-salary helps improve the corporation’s image internally as well as externally with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

The World Economic Forum, the CSEM in Neuchâtel, the City of Fribourg, Deluxe Watches CORUM, SIG (Water and Electricity supply of Geneva) and a protestant church have been awarded with the equal-salary label. More companies are undergoing the procedure.

Even though the equal-salary label has been developed in Switzerland, it aims at being recognized internationally.

This initiative feels really fresh – I’d go looking for the equal salary certification on a job hunt.  Positive reinforcement!

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The objective of the online discussion is to draw on the collective experiences since Beijing and to identify what has worked well and what hasn’t in the last fifteen years  in improving the economic condition of women, and women’s participation in the economy, and to propose steps for moving forward.  Contributions will be summarized in a final report to be presented to the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place March 1-12, 2010.

Photo license Creative Commons – Indie Bands Flickr Photostream.

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