What is EQUAL-SALARY certification

And who is it for?

The EQUAL-SALARY certification is a process that allows companies to verify and communicate that they pay their female and male employees equally for the same job or for job of the same value. It is aimed at companies in all countries and across all industries with 50 or more employees (of which at least 10 are women) that are committed to closing the wage gap.

When you get certified, it’s a chance to put your values into action. To prove your commitment to equal pay for all. That means added value for your company, better employee recruitment and retention, more diversity in your team, a stronger reputation and much more. Plus you get the bonus of knowing that you’re doing the right thing.

Help your organization stand out for all the right reasons and get certified today.


Proudly certified companies

How does the EQUAL-SALARY certification work?


Salary analysis

The EQUAL-SALARY Foundation collects all of your employee salary data securely and anonymously. It is then analyzed to see if the wage difference is less than or equal to 5%, and if the R-squared value is greater than or equal to 90%. If all goes well, it’s time to move on to step 2.


On-site review

Following international quality standards, our auditing team makes sure EQUAL-SALARY requirements are met while assessing the following:

  • CEO/top management’s commitment to equal pay for all;
  • How well equal pay strategies are integrated into the HR processes and policies;
  • Employees’ perception of the company’s pay practices.


Depending on the results of the audit, your company is awarded the EQUAL-SALARY certificate from the EQUAL-SALARY Foundation. You’re then free to promote your certification on your company communications, to prove that you support and practice equal pay in the workplace.


Monitoring reviews

Your certification is valid for three years. During this period, you will need to undergo two monitoring reviews, to show your ongoing commitment to a fair and non-discriminatory wage policy. You’ve come this far; keep up the good work!

What sets EQUAL-SALARY apart?

Why ours is the certification your company needs

We’ve got

The credibility

EQUAL-SALARY is the only non-profit organization to promote equal pay between women and men using a methodology developed in collaboration with the University of Geneva, Switzerland, whose statistical analysis of salary policies have been recognized by the Swiss Federal Court of High Justice.

The backing

We’re the only private certification whose development has been supported financially by a government.

The partners

Ours is the only equal pay certification to be implemented by world-leading auditing partners, lending serious credibility not only to EQUAL-SALARY but to the equal pay movement as a whole.

EQUAL-SALARY checklist

Things to know and what to expect when applying for EQUAL-SALARY certification:

Getting certified allows your company to show good governance and transparency. It also significantly improves your ability to attract and retain strong talent, especially female talent.

  1. Fifty or more employees
  2. A gender pay gap of less than five percent
  3. Fully implemented HR processes, including indicators implemented by gender
  4. A commitment to equal pay clearly supported by top management
  5. The involvement of employees through surveys and interviews

EQUAL-SALARY works with experts and world-leading auditing partners to perform a rigorous statistical analysis of salary data based on the organization’s salary policy. All information is treated anonymously and with the strictest confidentiality.

Statistical analysis of salary data

WHAT: Gender pay gap within the company and a list of individual discrepancies to be explained or compensated, where applicable.

WHO: Experts contracted by EQUAL-SALARY using a methodology developed in collaboration with the University of Geneva. If the observed gender pay gap is higher than five percent, the audit won’t be performed and will be suspended until the gap is corrected.


WHAT: Audit to determine the company’s overall commitment to equal pay, and its implementation in the process. Employees must be involved through surveys and interviews.

WHO: PricewaterhouseCoopers – PWC is the EQUAL-SALARY preferred auditing partner.

The HR team drives the project, and the company CEO and selected employees (male and female) are involved during audits. There will be an online survey involving 10 percent of employees, each taking a minimum of approximately 20 minutes.

The team will need to make sure that all HR processes, salary data and supporting documents are prepared and up to date to kick off the certification process.

Depending on your preparation and readiness, the process typically takes around 20 days.

The EQUAL-SALARY certificate is valid for three years. Following the main initial audit, the organization will need to undergo two monitoring audits in years 2 and 3.

Let’s talk 
equal pay

JTI’s Headquarters based in Geneva are now EQUAL-SALARY certified

The EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is pleased to announce that, having met all requirements of the EQUAL-SALARY procedure, JTI Headquarters in Geneva are now EQUAL-SALARY certified. JTI Headquarters in Geneva have demonstrated…

Read More
LA VAUDOISE  is  now  EQUAL-SALARY  certified

The EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is pleased to announce that, having met all requirements of the EQUAL-SALARY procedure, la Vaudoise is now an EQUAL-SALARY employer. La Vaudoise is the first company from…

Read More

EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is pleased to announce that, having met all requirements of the EQUAL-SALARY procedure, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is now an EQUAL-SALARY employer. Gavi is the first Global Health…

Read More

Join the conversation