THE FAIR PAY INNOVATION LAB – WHAT WE DO
Why does the gender pay gap prove to be so persistent? What is standing in the way of fair pay for all? What do companies need to do to put sustainable pay strategies into practice?
Situated at the interface of economy, academia and politics, the Fair Pay Innovation Lab addresses all kinds of questions surrounding fair pay. We support companies and organizations in the practical implementation of pay equity, create space for dialogue, and provide suggestions for how to structure future labor markets.
We are, of course, happy to explain what the difference in income between men and women is all about, how the gender pay gap is calculated, or how large the pay gap is in Germany. But we are even keener to show you how you can contribute to closing the gap, whether it be in your company, your workplace, or in your personal life.
How it all began – from awareness of the problem to taking action
The FPI’s origins lie in the German Equal Pay Day campaign, a symbolic day of action that was brought to Germany from the USA in 2008 by Business and Professional Women Germany e.V. The campaign proved to be a spectacular success in that it brought a huge amount of: on the disparity in income between women and men in Germany, and, soon after, research was focused on causes of the gap. Yet, despite all that, very little has changed. The pay gap has been lowered by only two percentage points from 21% in 2008, which is far too slow.
In 2016, Henrike von Platen initiated the Fair Pay Alliance, a Berlin-based petition that demanded non-partisan equality on pay slips and received a great deal of support from the fields of industry, 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 such a goal –around 170 years, to be precise. In order to expedite this eventuality, the FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab gGmbH has been enabling companies to envision practical implementation of pay equity since summer 2017.
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?