FPI visiting ESTM Berlin
All over the world, fair pay is moving higher up the agenda for both companies and politicians – even, and especially, in times of crisis. But why is fair pay so crucial for a sustainable corporate future? Why does closing the gender pay gap have such a positive effect on other business areas? And how can a fair remuneration strategy be implemented regardless of the surrounding legislation?
These are precisely the questions we want to discuss on 22 October 2020 at the European School of Management and Technology, and we are very pleased to finally be able to invite our guests to a real table again – albeit in a rather more exclusive setting than usual.
Concentrated expertise on remuneration
In particular, we are looking forward to having two experts who know exactly how fair pay works in international practice: Marcus Priest from Novartis International AG and Lúvísa Sigurðardóttir from Landspitali in Iceland will share with us how they implemented their remuneration strategies in two initiatives. At the 2018 UN General Assembly, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical company Novartis, as a global player, committed itself to implementing fair pay. The company is also a corporate member of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) and dedicated to increasing the constructive exchange of best practice in the business world. Marcus Priest, Global Head of Reward at Novartis, explains: “Through our commitments, we aim to inspire other organizations to take concrete actions, so that together we can bring about meaningful change to societies around the world.”
Simply good business
The Landspitali hospital in Reykjavík, on the other hand, shows how wage justice can be implemented in the healthcare sector and how effective clear policy guidelines are – no other country in the world has such ambitious goals and effective laws as Iceland. Lúvísa Sigurðardóttir describes herself as a great fan of human rights: “Fixing inequality and providing equal opportunities need to be addressed on a global level. In my mind it’s one of our fundamental human rights to get fair pay for the work we do and equal opportunity to succeed at our job, regardless of age, gender or belief system.” But Sigurðardóttir also loves numbers. As Quality Director for Equal Pay, she clearly knows: “No matter if it’s a small business or a global corporation, the key to success is a committed workforce, and when your workforce knows that they get fair pay and equal opportunity to succeed, they will commit. It’s simply good business.”
But how can companies identify appropriate measures? How can their success be measured at individual locations and at the international level? The exchange of ideas between our experts from business, science and politics in English should be exciting – and we also have some new ideas in store to share.
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The programme and our speakers:
Attendance by invitation only
Prof. Jörg Rocholl, PhD, President, ESMT Berlin
Henrike von Platen, CEO / Founder, FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab
Equal Pay Certification: The Case of Landspitali in Reykjavík
Lúvísa Sigurðardóttir, Quality Director for Equal Pay, Landspitali – The National University Hospital of Iceland
Fair Pay at Novartis
Marcus Priest, Global Head of Reward, Novartis International AG
Moderated discussion with all participants
Concluding remarks and light lunch
Prof. Jörg Rocholl
Jörg Rocholl has been the President of ESMT since July 2011. He joined ESMT in July of 2007 as an Associate Professor. In July 2010 he was promoted to professor and awarded the first EY Chair in Governance and Compliance, which he held until June 2019. In September 2010 he was named as the Associate Dean of Faculty and in April 2011, Dean of Faculty.
Jörg received both his PhD in Finance and Economics and his MPhil from Columbia Business School and his “Diplom-Ökonom mit Auszeichnung” (Economics degree with distinction) from the Witten/Herdecke University in Germany.
Henrike von Platen
Henrike von Platen founded the FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab in 2017 to help companies and organizations achieve sustainable remuneration strategies. Her goal: fair pay for everyone. For many years, this business informatics scientist and economist has fought for economic independence for people all over the world. She founded a women's investment club, is a member of the university council and lecturer at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, and has been actively engaged for many years in promoting more women in leadership. From 2010 to 2016 she was president of Business and Professional Women Germany and patron of the German Equal Pay Day campaign. She also initiated a nationwide petition for equality on pay slips in 2016.
This financial expert is convinced that money is the key to equal opportunities. She is the author of the book “Let’s talk about money – the fast track to equality” and has received several awards for her work.
Lúvísa Sigurðardóttir, Quality Director for Equal Pay, Landspitali – The National University Hospital of Iceland, is an experienced project manager, speaker and team leader, with an MS degree in Engineering, specializing in Quality and Value Engineering.
She focuses on value-adding opportunities and minimizing waste, following Value Engineering procedures. Her goal is to empower organizations to run their own sustainable management systems to suit their size and field of work. She builds up management systems using formal standards or by focusing on streamlining individual procedures – all dependent upon what fits and gives the best possible value for the organization in question. She enjoys interacting and exchanging ideas with peers, specializing in strong leadership and engaging all team members for effective results when she runs workshops or at seminars.
Marcus Priest, Global Head of Reward at Novartis International AG, is passionately committed to fair pay practices, and at Novartis he endeavours to build and maintain a corporate culture one can be proud of. He has worked in various HR and Reward roles at Novartis, and in 2019 he moved to Switzerland with his family in order to take up his current role as Global Head of Reward, Novartis Oncology and as General Manager at Novartis for the EPIC commitments.
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