EQUAL-SALARY certification

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?

Become EQUAL-SALARY certified


The bottom line is pay. Prove that you’re paying men and women equally.

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?

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Benefits of EQUAL-SALARY certification


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 Mauritius.


Certification earns you a place among the best employers that don’t just talk about their commitment to equality, but can actually demonstrate it.

PwC’s Global Gender Pay Compass

Find out more on how gender pay regulations in different countries affect your organisation

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How to become certified?

Statistical analysis

The company uploads employee data onto the EQUAL-SALARY Foundation’s secured IT platform. All data is pseudonymised before being analysed by PwC. The compensation data are destroyed at the end of the procedure.

A statistical regression model is used to analyse the difference in pay for equal work between men and women. To proceed to step 2, the difference needs to be ≤5% and the regression coefficient ≥90%.

A list of individual employees who are underpaid by >5% is provided so that the company can explain this and/or prepare a remediation plan.

EQUAL-SALARY and PwC partnership

On-site visit by PwC

PwC’s EQUAL-SALARY team carries out an on-site visit to assess:

  • management’s commitment to equal treatment for men and women
  • integration of equal pay and opportunity strategies in HR processes and policies
  • employees’ perception of their company’s practices on equal treatment 


Depending on the result of PwC’s visit, the EQUAL-SALARY Foundation grants the EQUAL-SALARY certificate. This gives the company the right to use the EQUAL-SALARY label.

The EQUAL-SALARY label can be used on all company communications, such as
the website, recruitment ads, letterheads and annual reports.

Monitoring visits

EQUAL-SALARY certification is valid for three years.

During this period, the certified company undergoes two monitoring visits to demonstrate its ongoing commitment and fulfilment of actions to apply a
policy of fair, non-discriminatory treatment for men and women.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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How we are bringing equality in our workplace

The United Nations HeForShe movement

Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, HeForShe aims to mobilise one billion men and boys in support of gender equality.

Watch the video of Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC during Impact Summit 2018.

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