Apple continues its (public, at least) journey in search of a more equitable and fair corporate environment for all. In its most recent step in this process, the company committed itself to inspect even more equal pay between men and women on their payroll – and she is not alone, as reported by CNBC.
The Apple commitment is part of its adhesion to the movement Equal Pay Pledge, an initiative led by California State filmmaker and first partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Along with Apple, another 12 companies make up the group that signed the document in its first version – among them, Airbnb, ATT, Autodesk, Salesforce and Square.
Among the terms of the document, companies are committed to carrying out annual audits that will analyze the payroll of all their operations to identify possible disparities in wages between men and women. Companies also need to evaluate their hiring and promotion processes to detect undue favoritism to men in certain positions.
According to Newsom, California’s laws on equal pay are the strongest in the United States, but there is still work to be done. The initiative is supported by two major women’s rights organizations: the Time’s Up and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG).
Acting Time’s Up CEO, Rebecca Goldman, applauded the initiative, saying that «in all industries, women in the workforce earn less money than men, and the main affected women are often non-white women.» Ariela Gross, professor of law and history at the University of Southern California, added:
We see that when audits take place, we find out, «Oh, look, it looks like there are really discrepancies.» There is a lot we can do to fix this.
Research indicates that, in the USA, women earn an average of 80% of male wages; in California, this rate rises to 89%. It is an advance, but not yet ideal – that is why the initiative is so important. It is twisted so that it generates quick and noticeable fruits.