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Want equal pay? Work for Stella McCartney

The fashion designer is among the 28 companies that have signed on to the Equal Pay Pledge in the US

By Andrea Tim | Published: 16 Jun 2016

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Photo: Stella McCartney/Instagram

The US government is taking equal pay rights in the country a step further. Since the White House announced a new Equal Pay Pledge for US private sector companies on Tuesday, 28 companies have signed on to the pledge. The list includes Stella McCartney, Rebecca Minkoff, Amazon, L'Oréal USA and Spotify, all of whom are giants in their respective industries.

Passing legislations and acts is one thing; actually taking action to ensure that equal pay is given where it is due is something all parties need to be involved in, especially employers. By signing the pledge, the business entity agrees that it is "committed to taking action individually and collectively to reduce that national pay gap" and will conduct annual company-wide analysis and reviews, and make effort where necessary, to close any wage gap within the company.

"At Stella McCartney, we are proud of our gender diversity and are dedicated to continuing to foster a gender-balanced workplace," the British designer's company said in a statement. "Women occupy 67% of our leadership team and we have an even higher number of women across the brand. We place gender equality as a strategic imperative across our talent pipeline."

Of course, the pledge only applies to the signed US companies and the US office of global companies, but here's looking at other nations and companies all over the world in the hope that they, too, will take action to eradicate the gender pay gap.

Related: Op-ed: Why are women still expected to do more at home than men?


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