KUALA LUMPUR — March 8, 2019: Philip Morris Malaysia Sendirian Berhad (PMM) has been recognised as the first company in Malaysia to give equal pay to its employees for equivalent work, regardless of gender.
In doing so, the company was given the ‘Equal Salary’ label from the Equal Salary Foundation (ESF), a non-profit body whose objective is to provide companies with a label certifying equal pay for female and male employees.
In a statement issued today, PMM managing director Kang Tae Koo said that providing fair and equal remuneration for equivalent work is important for the growth and prosperity of the company’s workforce.
“For our employees, PMM’s achievement as the first EQUAL-SALARY certified company in Malaysia makes us an employer of choice committed to equality and to fostering an inclusive and dynamic workforce,” read Kang statement.
ESF founder and CEO, Veronique Goy Veenhuys, praised PMM for the latter’s willingness in undergoing ESF’s rigorous evaluation in Malaysia adding that it was a welcome step towards closing the gender pay gap.
The Global Gender Gap Report 2018 still ranked Malaysia at 101 out of 149 countries. It highlighted that gender gaps in terms of labour force participation and salary equality still exist within the country.
PMM is an affiliate company of Philip Morris International, a tobacco company that manufactures and sells cigarettes, smoke-free products and associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the United States.