The public sector should set an example in encouraging equal pay. By signing the Charter, authorities strengthen the implementation of equal pay in their areas of influence, as employees, in tenders in public procurement or as subsidy givers. The joint commitment is intended to send a signal to public and private employees. The Charter can be signed by all cantons and communes.
The Charter was launched in September 2016 by Federal Councillor Alain Berset together with members of cantonal and communal government. To date, 16 cantons, 79 communes and the Confederation have signed the Charter.