Joining “Employers for Pay Equity” Consortium Latest in Series of
Steps Aimed at Advancing Women in the Work Place
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 26, 2016--
In honor of Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment
granting women the right to vote, Staples
(NASDAQ: SPLS) is showing its committed to doing its part to end the
gender wage gap and advancing women in the workplace by becoming the
biggest retailer to join a consortium of companies that will share best
practices and promote new ideas called the Employers for Pay Equity.
Earlier this year, Staples became one of the first companies to sign the Equal
Pay Pledge initiated by the White House and the Obama Administration
and participated in three events aimed at gender pay equity and leveling
the playing field for women: a pay equity roundtable, a White House
briefing on diversity in the corporate sector, and The United State of
Women Summit. Out of these events, the Employers for Pay Equity
consortium was born. The group is comprised of companies that understand
the importance of diversity and inclusion, including ensuring that all
individuals are compensated equitably for equal work and experience and
have an equal opportunity to contribute and advance in the workplace.
For a list of companies already participating and for corporations who
would like to learn how to join the consortium please visit www.employersforpayequity.com.
Beginning in September, Staples recruiters will eliminate salary
inquiries during the interview process. This specific tactic aimed at
ending the wage gap will become mandatory in Massachusetts in 2018,
after Governor Charlie Baker recently signed into law “An Act to
Establish Pay Equity”, to ensure equal pay for comparable work for all
Massachusetts workers and equal opportunities to earn competitive
salaries in the workplace.
“Staples promotes equality among its associates because we understand
the value of an inclusive and diverse workforce, and we’re joining with
other companies to not only spread this message, but raise awareness of
the gender pay gap that still exists,” said Regis Mulot, executive vice
president, human resources, Staples, Inc. “By changing the way we
recruit talent to mitigate gender bias two years before it will be
necessary by law, we’re showing that we realize change is needed now,
and we’re committed to helping make it happen.”
Previously, Staples announced that it signed
onto the 100% Talent – The Boston Women’s Compact, an innovative
effort to end the gender-based wage gap and advance women in the
workforce. The Compact is an initiative of the Boston Women’s Workforce
Council, an advisory board to Mayor Marty Walsh and is supported by the
School of Management at Simmons College. Signatories agree to take steps
to eliminate the gender wage gap and remove the visible and invisible
barriers to women’s advancement. Signatories agree to report associate
demographic and salary data to the Council anonymously every two years
so that progress on closing the gap can be checked.
The company has also signed on to The Corporate Challenge, a
groundbreaking effort by Bentley University's Center for Women and
Business to challenge companies to develop and retain their female
talent and position women on their boards. Participating companies
commit to define their gender-inclusiveness goals, develop strategies to
meet those goals and track their progress.
Staples has long been a leader in equality in the workforce, with
programs like its “Women Who Lead” Associate Resource Group, whose
mission is to build a thriving community of female associates. The group
routinely engages its members with developmental, networking and
community focused events.
About Staples, Inc.
retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more
happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business
services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price
offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want
- in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com
customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free
from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded
services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store
Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying,
scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service
Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business
lending and credit services.
Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples,
Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make
more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services
combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service,
competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. Staples
Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses
need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and
maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture,
interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of
Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,
Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples
(NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
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Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832