At PMI, we see equal pay for equal work between men and women as the baseline standard for equality. We have confirmed that our actual pay practices match our good intentions with the Global EQUAL-SALARY Certification.

The EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization based in Switzerland. The EQUAL-SALARY Certification verifies that organizations have sustainable policies and practices to ensure that they pay their male and female employees equally for equal work.

Achieving EQUAL-SALARY certification is an important building block on the road to creating a more inclusive, gender-balanced workplace.

PMI's Global EQUAL-SALARY recertification

Global EQUAL-SALARY recertification


Silke Muenster, Chief Diversity Officer, Philip Morris International

Global EQUAL-SALARY certification process

Silke Muenster Chief Diversity Officer Philip Morris International
Building a truly diverse, equal, and inclusive organization isn’t just nice to have—it’s critical if our vision of a smoke-free future is to become a reality. 
Silke Muenster, Chief Diversity Officer, Philip Morris International

A rigorous, third-party validation on equal pay

EQUAL-SALARY Certification includes more than a simple comparison of salary data to ensure we pay men and women equally for equal work—it’s a process that includes multiple steps:

Step 1

Salary analysis

Step 2

HQ visit

Step 3

On-site audits

Step 4

Global certification

Step 5

Monitoring audits

Veronique Goy Veenhuys - Founder and CEO, EQUAL-SALARY Foundation
By its global character, the certification of Philip Morris International is a major step for pay equality between women and men. That a leading Fortune 500 company makes such a commitment is a strong signal. We are proud of the international scale that PMI’s global certification gives to our cause.
Véronique Goy Veenhuys, Founder and CEO, EQUAL-SALARY Foundation

What about the gender gap?

While Global EQUAL-SALARY Certification doesn’t directly address the gender leadership gap at PMI, the qualitative audit is helping us uncover potential barriers that may hinder equal opportunities for women to advance.

We previously set ourselves a goal to achieve at least 40 percent female representation in management by 2022 and we are delighted to have reached that target.

This is a step in the right direction and to keep things moving forwards we have set out our next gender representation target: To achieve at least 35 percent of women in decision-making leadership roles by 2025.

Read more about our Inclusion & Diversity work.

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