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March 7, 2022
Dear  ,

One small step in the calendar, but a giant leap for equal pay! For the first time in its existence, Germany’s Equal Pay Day takes place before International Women’s Day on March 8. So today is a very special March 7. Slowly but surely, the change we have all been waiting for is happening: the pay gap is closing.

This can be attributed to a whole series of building blocks being put in place: laws on the minimum wage, transparency in pay and tightening up of quotas for women are being applied in Germany. The EU is planning a very much more stringent Equal Pay Directive for the future. So around the world, companies have long been preparing, and are already ahead of the world of politics – such farsightedness is not pure altruism because they know a fair pay strategy gives them a clear competitive advantage. And employees, too, are demanding ever greater transparency.

Combined, these factors are creating a ripple effect that is spreading resolutely outward and the pay gap will decrease very rapidly, very soon.

A look at other countries shows what more we can do to accelerate the process: compulsory transparency; tangible sanctions for companies and relieving the strain on individual employees.

Whoever wants to close the pay gap should not teach women to negotiate better, to choose other professions or think about family planning. Instead, they should change the structures and show companies how they can pay all employees fairly, regardless of sex, marital status or other characteristics.
We are happy to help with all that!

Best wishes, Henrike von Platen

PS: Next week sees the start of the 66th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. This year, the focus is on equality and climate justice. I have been involved in the discussion of why fair pay is so decisive for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.




Fair Pay – wish or reality?


In a new series of online events, management consultancy WTW invites speakers to discuss fair pay implementation. It kicks off at 4 p.m. on today’s Equal Pay Day.

ALL DATES (in German)



First FPI statement to the United Nations


The FPI has recently achieved NGO Consultative Status with the UN. To deliver Agenda 2030, we recommend clear measures to eliminate wage differences worldwide and to create fair workplaces.

TO THE STATEMENT



Award for Sozial-Holding Mönchengladbach


Sozial-Holding Mönchengladbach has been awarded the UNIVERSAL FAIR PAY CHECK – demographic features have no influence on the salaries of the roughly 900 employees at this healthcare enterprise.

READ MORE (in German)



Demonstrating sustainability on the DAX stock market index: Symrise


The sustainability report from Symrise AG, which has just been published, shows the upward progress of the fragrance and flavor manufacturer in the expanded DAX stock market index – and its development also includes being awarded the UNIVERSAL FAIR PAY CHECK.

TO THE SUSTAINABILITY REPORT



Fair Pay study in English & French


In a study for the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), we have investigated how other countries are working towards fair pay, to compare which measures work best.

TO THE STUDY


PODCAST ON THE STUDY




66th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women


The 66th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) takes place in New York from March 14 - 25. This year’s Priority Theme is achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change.

READ MORE



UNIVERSAL FAIR PAY CHECK


One award process for all pay issues: let us certify your company for fair pay!

READ MORE


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