Philip Morris Australia closes gender pay gap

Tobacco giant Philip Morris Australia has become the first organisation in the country to achieve Equal-Salary certification.

Independent analysis from the Switzerland-based Equal-Salary Foundation found only a 0.9 per cent difference between Philip Morris Australia female and male employees salaries.

Australian government statistics show that there is an average 14.1 per cent pay gap between full-time male and female workers around the country.

Philip Morris Australia managing director Tammy Chan said it’s important to give equal salary for all its workers, regardless of gender.

“The pay gap is just one aspect of gender equality, and at PMI we’re also determined to close the gender gap in management. This certification is public recognition for something we’ve been proud of for many years – equal pay for equal work,” said Chan.

“PMI is committed to making the world a better place, and that includes improving gender equality. It is one thing for an organisation to jump on a progressive movement with a flashy social media post and a catchy hashtag, but another to genuinely implement it.

“As a female leader and a mother of a young girl, I am determined to do my bit in making Philip Morris a destination of choice for the next generation of aspirational young women and I can only hope more organisations follow our lead in challenging the glass ceilings.”

Philip Morris Australia was recently awarded the federal government’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation for the fourth year.

The company aims to have 40 per cent of management roles filled by women by 2022. Currently there is 35 per cent – a lift from 29 per cent in 2014.

“On current progress, we are on track to meet this goal,” said Chan.

In Australia, 44 per cent of Philip Morris’ workforce is female including a female managing director, female senior legal counsel and female director of people and culture in the company.

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