In advance of the United State of Women summit, held at the White House on Tuesday, the Obama administration announced on Monday that 28 organizations, including CEB and a number of other major employers, had signed onto its Equal Pay Pledge, through which they commit “to take action within their organizations by conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis across occupations, reviewing their hiring and promotion processes, embedding equal pay efforts into broader enterprise-wide equity initiatives, and identifying and promoting other best practices that will help ensure wage fairness for all workers”:
As part of this announcement, 28 companies have signed on to the pledge, including Accenture, Airbnb, Amazon, American Airlines, BCG, Buffer, Care.com, CEB, Cisco, Deloitte, the Dow Chemical Company, Expedia, Inc., Gap Inc., Glassdoor, GoDaddy, Jet.com, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal USA, PepsiCo, Pinterest, Popcorn Heaven, PwC, Rebecca Minkoff, Salesforce, Slack, Spotify, Staples, and Stella McCartney. Additional companies are invited to join this effort in the coming months.
The pledge is part of a suite of government, private sector, and nonprofit initiatives being rolled out at the summit, all geared toward protecting the rights and improving the opportunities of women and girls.
The Department of Labor, for example is announcing a final rule “comprehensively updating its sex discrimination guidelines for federal contractors (including subcontractors) for the first time since the 1970s,” addressing issues like pay discrimination, accommodations for pregnancy and caregiving, and discrimination against transgender employees.
The Labor Department will also award more than $54 million in grants “to give working parents the ability to train for higher wage jobs while addressing barriers faced by those with child care responsibilities,” while the “Who Cares Coalition,” a partnership between Care.com, Caring Across Generations, and New America, has been formed “to spearhead a broad-based social change movement redefining the cultural norms, behaviors, business practices, and policies around caregiving in the US.”
Other projects launching on the occasion include a negotiation skills toolkit for community college students and eventually the general public, a foundation-backed initiative to invest in women of color, a campaign to improve the portrayal of women and girls in advertising and media, and new efforts to combat domestic violence, as well as to promote gender equality and girls’ education around the world.