During spring 2022, Metso Outotec made a one-time investment of EUR 2.2 million to correct identified individual, gender-related pay gaps. These increases were made to 500 employees in about 20 countries. The increases were approved as part of a global salary review process, and consequently managers have become more aware of potential biases in the salary setting, the company said. Metso Outotec said it will continue to strengthen the recruitment process to ensure unbiased salary decisions are made for all people joining Metso Outotec across the globe.

“Building an inclusive culture is a priority at Metso Outotec and acting on the gender-related pay gap findings was only one concrete action for 2022,” President and CEO Pekka Vauramo said. “We continue building awareness and capabilities globally and ensure that there are good processes in place to support equal treatment of our employees across the organization.”

In 2022, Metso Outotec performed a global fair pay analysis to review pay practices in all of the 50-plus operating countries. The analysis confirmed that the existing policies and practices in Metso Outotec provide a solid foundation, and typically the salary of an employee develops in an unbiased manner during a career in Metso Outotec. However, the analysis identified individual cases where gender-related pay gaps exist. While not present in all countries, these salary differences originated mostly in decisions made at-hire.

Vice President of Talent and Inclusion Marjut Kumpulampi-Santos said the company will continue to increase awareness inside the organization and provide inclusion and psychological safety trainings for all employees. “We are developing inclusive recruitment practices and looking at ways to remove barriers and bias from our processes,” she added.