THE FAIR PAY INNOVATION LAB – WHAT WE DO
Why does the gender pay gap prove so intractable? What is standing in the way of fair pay for all? What do companies need to do in order to put sustainable pay strategies into practice?
Situated at the interface between industry and commerce, science and politics, the Fair Pay Innovation Lab addresses all kinds of questions surrounding fair pay. We support companies and organisations in the practical implementation of pay equity, create space for dialogue and provide suggestions for the labour market of the future.
Of course we are happy to explain what the income difference between men and women is all about, how the gender pay gap is calculated or how big the pay gap is in Germany. But we are even keener to show you what you can do in your company, your workplace or in your personal life in order to close the pay gap.
How it all began – from awareness of the problem to taking action
The FPI’s origins lie in the German Equal Pay Day campaign. The symbolic day of action was brought to Germany from the USA in 2008 by Business and Professional Women Germany e.V. It proved to be a spectacular success: the campaign ensured that a great deal of attention was focused on the difference in income between women and men in Germany. It was not long before the causes of the pay gap had been well researched. Nonetheless, despite all that, (almost) nothing happened: in the meantime, the pay gap of 21% has narrowed by just two percentage points since 2008 – far too slowly.
In 2016, Henrike von Platen initiated the Fair Pay Alliance: the Berlin declaration demanded non-partisan equality on pay slips and received a great deal of support in the fields of industry and commerce and politics. There is widespread consensus: everyone wants pay equity. But at the present pace it will take a long, long time to reach that point – namely around 170 years. In order to reach the goal faster, since the summer of 2017 the FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab gGmbH has been supporting companies with the practical implementation of pay equity.
Best Practice Wanted
We are firmly convinced that pay equity could be possible tomorrow – if everyone wanted it. That is demonstrated by those companies where things are already fair(er).
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Transparency pays – we are firmly convinced of it! But in spite of the fact that many firms have had very good experiences with transparent salary structures
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Our concern lies in the practical implementation of pay equity in everyday business operations. But how does a sustainable pay strategy succeed, and does it ultimately pay?