Equal pay

At Sampoerna, we see equal pay for equal work between men and women as the baseline standard for equality, and we’ve confirmed that our actual pay practices match our good intentions with the Global EQUAL-SALARY Certification as part of Philip Morris International (PMI).
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The certification by the independent EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is an important building block on the road to creating a more inclusive, gender-balanced workplace.

The EQUAL-SALARY Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization based in Switzerland. The EQUAL-SALARY Certification verifies that organizations have sustainable policies and practices to ensure that they pay their male and female employee equally for equal work.

Melissa Whiting, Vice President Inclusion & Diversity, PMI
Gender pay equality cannot be taken for granted. PMI is leading by example and taking concrete steps to verify its equal-pay practices by obtaining the Global EQUAL-SALARY Certification by an external third party. We want to foster trust among our employees and future talent by creating a workplace founded on fairness, inclusion and diversity—essential ingredients for our business transformation.
Melissa Whiting, Vice President Inclusion & Diversity, PMI

A rigorous, third-party validation on equal pay

EQUAL-SALARY Certification includes more than a simple comparison of salary data to ensure we pay men and women equally for equal work—it’s a process that includes multiple steps:

Step 1

Salary analysis

Step 2

HQ visit

Step 3

On-site audits

Step 4

Global certification

Step 5

Monitoring audits

Veronique Goy Veenhuys - Founder and CEO, EQUAL-SALARY Foundation
By its global character, the certification of Philip Morris International is a major step for pay equality between women and men. That a leading Fortune 500 company makes such a commitment is a strong signal. We are proud of the international scale that PMI’s global certification gives to our cause.
Veronique Goy Veenhuys, Founder and CEO, EQUAL-SALARY Foundation

Equal pay in practice


PMI was the first international company to obtain the EQUAL-SALARY label in Switzerland in 2015. In doing so, we set ourselves apart as a top employer where principles of fairness, diversity, and inclusion are the foundation for our success.


In Japan, our EQUAL-SALARY experience was one of many “firsts”: Philip Morris Japan (PMJ) was the first company outside of Switzerland to obtain EQUAL-SALARY Certification in November 2016, and by applying the Foundation’s rigorous equal-pay methodology in the country, PMI helped bring their work to an international level, encouraging other companies to follow suit.


At Sampoerna, we took part in the assessment and proudly obtained the EQUAL-SALARY Certification in March 2019.


The Global EQUAL-SALARY Certification verifies that PMI pays men and women everywhere we operate worldwide equally for equal work. We are proud to be the first company to receive this global certification in 2019.

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