The EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is pleased to announce that Lidl Slovenská republika v.o.s has obtained the EQUAL-SALARY certification, symbol of excellence in terms of equal pay. After successfully passing the statistical analysis of its salaries, Lidl Slovenská republika v.o.s underwent an internal audit entrusted to PwC proving that it applied equal pay for women and men. Lidl Slovenská republika v.o.s is the first food retailer company to obtain the EQUAL-SALARY certification on a national territory.
« Lidl Slovakia operates in a very competitive field and has not always been spared from political or societal debates. We are all the more proud that they have obtained the EQUAL-SALARY certification. They have gone beyond words and have undertaken a sincere and concrete approach. By opening their doors to our auditors, Lidl Slovakia has shown to be confident and transparent. We salute their approach and hope that this certification will set an example to other smart discounters.» commented Lisa Rubli, co-CEO of the EQUAL-SALARY Foundation.
“Diversity and inclusion should be in 21st century the stable part of daily routine in companies and in the society as well. Unfortunately, in Slovakia it is not obvious. Therefore we in Lidl are obliged to develop these topics further and as a responsible employer also inspire other companies. As the first in Slovak retail we have created the position ambassador of diversity, executed discussions with experts and internal ones, persistently communicated the topic inside and outside the organization and has worked on further strategic steps. The authenticity is crucial in communicating difficult topics and for that reason we have decided to show, that our words are compliant with our actions. The independent audit of equal salary of men and women was just a logical consequence. // The successful result of the audit is the proof, that in Lidl we take equal salary very seriously. But we are not at the end, on the contrary, on the solid foundations we would like to create our corporate culture, in which all colleagues would be accepted without exception. Furthermore we hope, that other Slovak employers will join us. » added Matúš Gála, CEO of Lidl Slovenská republika v.o.s