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Philip Morris Malaysia certified for bridging gender pay gap

From left to right: Chinmay Sharma, Director People & Culture, Amba Chan, Director of Finance, Veronica Choo, Head of Corporate Communications and Kang Tae Koo, Managing Director, Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd displaying the Equal Salary certificate for Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd by the independent, not-for- profit Swiss-based Equal Salary Foundation.

From left to right: Chinmay Sharma, Director People & Culture, Amba Chan, Director of Finance, Veronica Choo, Head of Corporate Communications and Kang Tae Koo, Managing Director, Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd displaying the Equal Salary certificate for Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd by the independent, not-for- profit Swiss-based Equal Salary Foundation.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

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.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]