Launched in June 2016, the White House’s Equal Pay Pledge has garnered support from 32 more companies, bringing the total to over 50. The purpose of the pledge is to push corporations to eliminate the gender pay gap which, in 2014, saw women working full-time year-round in America earning 79% of what full time year round men earn. Please note that the “figure does not take into account differences in education, experience, occupation, overtime and other factors, but studies have found that gender discrimination explains at least some of the pay gap.”
Although Apple had already announced that the company achieved gender pay equality earlier this year, taking the pledge is a great way to confirm their resolve. It is also a good first step for corporations serious about offering better pay to female employees.
This is not just a pledge for show however as, according the to White House, “Each company has agreed to conduct a yearly analysis of its pay practices, review hiring and promotion procedures and adopt practices aimed at closing the national gap in pay between men and women” This is a move I can support, and helps companies who feel they need aid in closing pay disparities.
Other companies who have signed the act, according to the LA Times article include “Anheuser-Busch, Chobani, Coca-Cola Co., Delta Air Lines Inc., Dropbox, Dunkin’ Brands, EY, the Hershey Company, Hilton, IBM, IKEA U.S., Intel Corp., LinkedIn Corp., MailChimp, Microsoft Corp., Nike Inc., Target Corp., and Visa.”