Panel discussion: Can "Equal Pay" be a reality in the companies?

  • 28 Feb 2017
  • 18:00 - 21:00
  • Hotel Alpha-Palmiers, Rue du Petit-Chêne 34, 1003 Lausanne


Registration is closed

     Can "Equal Pay" be a reality in the companies? 

Currently, the gender pay gap is 16.1 % in Europe and 15.1% in Switzerland. Many voices have asked for equal pay to become a reality - President Obama, Hollywood actors, even … Pope Francesco who said the gender pay gap is a “pure scandal”. 

Several governments have set equal pay as a priority and taken active measures to enforce it. In Switzerland, the government has actively supported various initiatives both from the public and the private sectors and is working on a law to enforce control for companies.

Given this context, companies are encouraged to take a stand for equal pay to show they take this issue seriously before governments force them through legislation.

EQUAL-SALARY - certified companies have taken up the challenge and proven they adhere to equal pay. As ambassadors, they inform and engage their colleagues into taking a stand for equal pay!


The presentation will allow discovering the EQUAL-SALARY certification requirements, benefits and potential pitfalls. 

Guest speakers - 

Mme Véronique Goy Veenhuys

Founder & CEO of the EQUAL-SALARY, the certification of equal compensation for women and men. 

Véronique is a born entrepreneur. She gets a kick out of developing ideas and setting them up as businesses. She holds a Master Degree in Economics from the University of Geneva. 

She is married to David, a Dutchman who has always fully supported her ideas and dreams. Véronique's energy is kept alive thanks to nature from which she is never far. 

She is a member of BPW Switzerland, Club Lausanne. In 2009, she had the honor and pleasure to receive the BPW LENA Award for her contribution to equal pay. In 2015, she was awarded with the WIN Empowering Women Worldwide award. 

Véronique has a daughter and a son, a grandson and two granddaughters. Since her wish is to have them grow up in a "equal pay world", each new certification has a special meaning to her.


Mme Laetitia Tierny 

Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Philip Morris International, first EQUAL-SALARY certified multinational company in Switzerland & Japan, will describe how PMI has taken on the challenge and their next objectives. 

Laetitia started her career in international private banking at Credit Suisse before spending several years at the Vaud Chamber of Commerce (CVCI) where she developed a new department called International Linkwhich was dedicated to the integration of international companies and their foreign employees. 

During this time, she also co-founded the International Dual Career Network (IDCN), which is a non-profit association formed through the collaboration of companies, NGOs and academic institutions with the purpose of facilitating the job search for mobile employees’ partners, and providing member companies access to a turnkey pool of talent. 

Laetitia also benefited from an experience as Head of Corporate Communications at the Ensemble Hospitalier de la Côte and finally, joined Philip Morris International in 2013 as a Global Diversity & Inclusion manager. 

In this current position, she works on multiple projects with the objective to sustainably foster a more diverse and inclusive corporate culture. 

She studied in four different countries and owns a CAS in Corporate Communication as well as three Masters in Political Science, International Employment Relations & Human Resources and European Labor Studies.

Agenda for the Event

18.30 – 19:00 Registration/ snacks and drinks /networking 

19:00 – 20:00 Presentation followed by Q&A

20:00 – 21:00 Optional informal discussion / networking

(Event organizer - Nasya Dimitrova)


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