Vevey / Basel / Zurich, February 20, 2019

Feb 20, 2019
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The EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is pleased to announce that Dufry SA in Basel and Zurich has obtained EQUAL-SALARY certification. Dufry AG is the first company in the tourism sector and, more specifically, the duty-free trade to obtain EQUAL-SALARY certification. Dufry SA has demonstrated its compliance with our standards and has successfully completed the corporate audit, upholding the principles of equity for all employees in the workplace and offering equal opportunities and equal pay for women and men.

On the eve of the publication of the second edition of the World Tourism Organization’s World Report on Women in Tourism (UNWTO) the position of women in this sector is increasingly in the spotlight. In addition, according to a study conducted by an American university, women are now responsible for 92% of tourism purchases.

“It is women who are driving strong growth in the tourism sector. In this context, it is extremely important that companies like Dufry SA lead by example and come out in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5)” according to Véronique Goy Veenhuys, Founder and CEO of EQUAL-SALARY.

Julian Diaz, CEO Dufry, said: “Dufry’s vision of remaining the leading Travel Retailer with a fair and unbiased reward structure, enables our employees to develop and thrive in their careers. We foster a diverse, inclusive culture which will enable us to achieve our strategy of profitable growth. We are proud to be recognized as a certified EQUAL-SALARY employer in Switzerland”.

Pay equity in practice …

While most companies claim to pay women and men fairly, the wage gap is still close to 23% globally, averaging 16.2% in Europe. (source: eurostat June 2018, based on 2016 data).

… and especially in the tourism sector:
  • In most parts of the world, the majority of the tourism industry labour force are women
  • Traditionally women in the tourism sector are to be found in lower-level and lower-paid jobs
  • Women perform a significant number of unpaid tasks in family tourism businesses
    (source UNWTO 2010 / ed .: the second world report on women in tourism is out March 6, 2019).
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