The equal-salary foundation
EQUAL-SALARY is a non-profit organization established in 2010 as a Foundation, as defined by Swiss law. It was founded by Véronique Goy Veenhuys, a social entrepreneur and equal pay advocate who created the concept of the certification back in 2005 and has overseen its development from day one.
Because wage inequality is such a sensitive issue, the Foundation’s mission from the start was to develop a practical and scientific tool that allows companies to verify and communicate that they pay their female and male employees equally for the same role. The certification process was developed in collaboration with the University of Geneva, an institution specialized in labour market issues, and with world-leading auditing bodies. The responsibility of assigning the certification for fair wage policies goes to the Foundation.
Meet the co-CEOS of the Foundation
Prior to her appointment as CEO, Noémie Storbeck was the former COO of the EQUAL-SALARY Foundation since 2018, after a corporate communication career in large renowned international groups.
“It is fantastic to know that the EQUAL-SALARY Foundation has a tangible and global impact on the gender pay gap and that we are joining forces to improve the condition of women all around the world.” – Noémie Storbeck
On top of a long-lasting experience in HR management and Public Relations, Lisa Rubli has been a member of the management of a Swiss NGO since 2011, where she accompanied the growth of the organization and handled among others fundraising and communication.
“I’m honored and thrilled to serve the women’s cause. I will put all my energy and my beliefs in helping women to close the wage gap and break the glass ceiling.” – Lisa Rubli
Meet the team
Thibault Dubois, Operations assistant
“Equal pay is a powerful driver for moving towards a fair and inclusive society. Guaranteeing the same income for women and men is the very first step in ensuring gender equality. Today, being EQUAL-SALARY certified is an asset. I hope that one day it will become a must for companies and job seekers.”
Aurélien Joly, Communication and fundraising manager
“Equal pay is not only the right thing to do, it is also common sense. Enforcing actual equal pay for equal work shows good governance; empowers individuals, families, companies and society in every respect. The EQUAL-SALARY Foundation does exactly that and I am proud to be part of it.”
Fabiola Ahatri, Ethnicity Project Officer
“Equal pay is a shared responsibility that affects all members of society. By working towards eliminating discriminations and creating a level playing field for everyone, we can help to ensure that the next generation will not face the same barriers that previous generations have faced.”
Meet the board
"Is it logical to give less money to your daughter than to your son? My commitment to the EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is a simple matter of justice."
Member of the board - Public contracts specialist at Loyco SA, former general manager of ECA - Etablissement Cantonal d’Assurances, canton Vaud, EQUAL-SALARY certified.
"For me, closing the gender gap is a matter of fairness. We have to overcome the systemic inequalities which lead to unequal pay for the same work. It benefits not only women but also their families, the economy and society as a whole. Same work = same remuneration; I try to contribute to this principle in any aspect of my life."
Member of the board - Former CEO of Philip Morris SA (Switzerland), First Vice President Diversity & Inclusion at Philip Morris International S.A.
"Reducing discrimination in companies is not only a matter of equity, it also improves the productivity of their human capital."
Member of the board - Labour economist, ordinary professor at the Geneva School of Management, HES-SO
"EQUAL-SALARY is about making a fundamental principle an everyday life reality. I am committed to equality in practice."
Member of the board - Council of States Member, Representative of the Canton of Geneva
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