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Fair Pay Workplace certification takes a holistic approach to pay equity. We evaluate your current pay scales, systems, and infrastructure to discover root causes and then partner with you to design an annual pay equity action plan to effect meaningful, measurable change.

From who is employed to how your organization is structured, Fair Pay Workplace Certification will examine how you work to identify an equitable way forward. Simply put, Fair Pay Workplace Certification is a verified, trusted, and transparent system that sets a new standard that is transparent and trusted for both employers and employees.

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Motivations to Get Certified

Steps to Certification

A trusted program with a straightforward process that typically takes 6-12 weeks to complete.

Step 1

Step 01

Pay Equity Review

We confidentially review your workforce and compensation.

Step 2

Step 02

Understand Pay Discrepancies

Together, we discuss underlying causes for any pay inequity found.

Step 3

Step 03

Tailored Action Plan

With you, we make an Action Plan unique to and feasible for your company.

Step 4

Step 04

Agree To Plan and Certification

Once you agree to carry out the steps within your Action Plan, your company will be a Certified Fair Pay Workplace.

Step 5

Step 05

Share Your Certification

We will provide you with Brand and Communications Guidelines full of resources to communicate this milestone with your internal and external stakeholders.

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Step 06

Annual Review Process

Once certified, you will have periodic progress check-ins with your Pay Equity Advisor.

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Rules and Standards

Companies are measured against a set of Rules and Standards defined by a group of leading experts from forward-thinking corporations, academia, human resources, data science, DEI and the legal field. These guidelines lay the foundation for a transparent and trusted criteria assessment based on the endorsed methodology of the Fair Pay Workplace to certify an organization.

Annual Certification Fee

The cost of certification varies and depends on the total number of employees in your organization, the state of your pay data and other factors. We are your partner in pay equity and will do everything we can to ensure the certification fee fits within your budget.

Fair Pay Workplace Certification costs come from three areas:

  • Certification and Standards: most of the annual fee covers costs associated with certification including expenses related to our pay equity advisor team performing the analysis and supporting companies on an ongoing basis.
  • Brand and Communications: a percentage of the fee goes toward building and maintaining useful resources for organizations to tell their pay equity story and amplify their brand. We also offer PR support for organizations who seek it.
  • Community and Movement Building: we are building a progressive global community of organizations and individuals committed to pay equity. We are also building awareness around pay equity and solutions that exist to create fairness at work for all people through articles, reports, white papers, and events.

As a non-profit organization, your certification fees only cover a portion of Fair Pay Workplace operating expenses, with the greatest portion of our expenses covered through the generous gifts and grants from individuals, incubators and foundations.

Certification FAQs

Everything you wanted to know about Fair Pay Workplace Certification. For additional questions, please email us directly at info@fairpayworkplace.org.

Fair Pay Workplace Certification recognizes organizations dedicated to true pay equity using a transparent and standardized methodology to measure compensation comparisons across gender, race and ethnicity. The methodology was developed by an Alliance of experts and offers the decisive measures necessary to enable real progress towards fair pay in today’s workplaces.

Learn about the Alliance

Not all methodologies used to claim pay equity are created equal. Without one standard of measurement, companies can boast fair pay with a simple pledge or adoption of a methodology that leads to a less than fair outcome. Fair Pay Workplace is working to standardize the methodology used and add transparency to an organization’s pay equity achievements.

Methodology White Paper

To be a Certified Fair Pay Workplace means an organization has committed to adopting the tailored action plan developed by the Fair Pay Workplace Pay Equity Advisors who conducted the company’s pay equity review. The tailored action plan has clear goals and timing expectations that companies follow with ongoing support and check-ins from their advisor.

Steps to Certification

Yes, organizations with employees in multiple countries can receive certification. The Pay Equity Review allows global employers to group and compare compensation from employees based on their country of residence.

Yes. Certified organizations are required to share a link on their website with an externally facing statement about their compliance with Fair Pay Workplace Rules and Standards. Everything organizations do to communicate their pay equity efforts amplifies their brand and empowers others to get certified.

Certified companies receive a Brand and Communications Guidelines, which contain a variety of resources to empower companies to share this important milestone with internal and external stakeholders.

Yes. The first phase of the certification process is completing three legal agreements: MNDA, MSA and Data Privacy and Processing.

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