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Label "Equal Salary"

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
This label is given to enterprises that pay an equal salary to their female employees compared to their male colleagues. Any company or organization (public, semi-public or private), employing over 50 people, of which at least 10 women, may apply for certification. The companies are free to determine their salary policy as long as it is coherent, equitable between women and men and properly documented. The label lasts for three years, during which the companies have to undergo two monitoring audits to ensure the company respects the recommendations for improvement set by the auditors.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • equal opportunities
  • wage
Type of Policy
  • private not for profit
Duration of the policy
Created in 2005, the label is open to any company only since June 2010, after a pilot phase in order to develop and fine-tune the certification process.
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: unknown
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: unknown
  • Spatial coverage: national and beyond
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Through the label companies/organizations are able to prove, without publicly divulging confidential information, that they apply a fair wage policy between women and men, which is good for business and good for the people who work there, reinforcing staff motivation and supporting marketing and recruitments. Generally, it enhances the company/organization?s image. Its aim is to increase knowledge about discrimination and wage inequality, ensure the long-term existence and quality of the certification process and to promote it to companies and organizations both on a national and international level.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
moderate programmatic change
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • wages (equal wages between men and women)
Clarification of intended mechanisms, outputs and outcomes (optional)
For the moment not as much enterprises as wished for have shown interest in the label, which limits the project?s outcome (about 30 enterprises have been labeled so far), however it is likely to believe that the number will increase in the future, as the label is still rather new and unknown.
Intended target group
Enterprises/organizations employing more than 50 people, of which at least 10 women.
Employers-private institutional actors
employing more than 50 people, of which at least 10 women.
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (federal bureau of equality between men and women)
  • employers (organised or individual) (public, semi-public or private companies (national and international))
  • private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO)
Clarification of the role of various actors
Equal salary is a not-for profit organization promoting the label. However the success of the label is dependent on the collaboration of employers, who have to apply for the label.
Intended output
  • wages (equal wages between men and women)
Intended and unintended outcomes
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