Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)

Target 8.5: By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.he Equal Pay International Coalition - EPIC - is an initiative driven by stakeholders committed to reduce the gender pay gap and make equal pay for work of equal value a reality across all countries and sectors. Led by the ILO, UN Women and OECD, the Coalition engages with governments, employers, workers and their organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia to take concrete steps to accelerate the closing of the gender pay gap and the achievement of pay equity. EPIC contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 8.5 focusing on equal pay between women and men for work of equal value.

Who is involved?

The EPIC Secretariat is composed by ILO, UN Women and OECD. Key stakeholders today include the governments of Australia, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Jordan, New Zealand, Panama, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Switzerland, the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

EPIC includes Platform of Champions who are influential individuals who advocate for equal pay in their personal capacity.

SDGs

   SDGs Goal 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Target 8.5: By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.








EPIC will also contribute to the achievement of the following goals:


Why a Coalition?

EPIC is built on the recognition that no single actor can solve this challenge alone and that efforts can be accelerated through leveraging expertise across a diverse range of stakeholders. EPIC acknowledges the fundamental importance of country ownership, alignment with national priorities, harmonization, managing for results and mutual accountability among partners. It does not aim to replace existing partnerships but rather multiply their outreach and impact, providing a framework within which existing initiatives and organizations can connect and reinforce each other.