Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.69
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Emory University
PA-12: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.52 / 3.00 Kelly Weisinger
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
16.07 US/Canadian $

Percentage of employees that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):

Does the institution have significant contractors with employees that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:

A list or brief description of significant on-site contractors:

Emory has on-site contractors for its food service, mail services, bookstore, shuttle transit drivers, and some custodial.

Percentage of employees of on-site contractors known to receive a living wage or be covered by collective bargaining agreements (i.e., union contracts):

Total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time or full-time employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
None of the above (i.e. the lowest paid regular employee or pay grade earns less than the living wage)

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade:

$14.25/hour entry level wage plus a benefits package that includes medical benefits, basic life insurance, a 403(b) retirement contribution, and eligibility for a free sustainable commute transit pass. Part-time employees must regularly work no less than 20 hours per week to be benefits-eligible.

Emory does not calculate the total compensation including benefits, so this answer does not reflect benefits given.

Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:

A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:

Emory Healthcare has been committed to paying a “living wage” since 2005, but no written commitment or policy exists. Emory Healthcare's current living wage is $12.08 and will increase to $12.50 effective 9/1/2017. Emory Healthcare collaborates annually with Emory University to assess its living wage/lowest pay rate and make recommendations for upgrades. Emory Healthcare uses the federal poverty level for a family of four as its benchmark. The current federal poverty level expressed as an hourly rate is $11.87 ($24,600).

Website URL where information about employee compensation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Date reported for fiscal year 2018-2019.

The living wage calculation for part 1 was completed when 2019-2020 calculations were live on the MIT living wage website. We could not locate calculations for our reporting year. For 2019-2020, the living wage for two working parents with two kids was listed as $16.07 for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell area. By the time we submitted the report, however, the 2020-2021 living wage calculations replaced the 2019-2020 rates, so we cannot show proof of this historical living wage calculation. The historical rates are not listed on the MIT living wage calculator website, making it impossible to match the living wage rate for a reporting year that is not currently displayed on the website. Additionally, there are two relevant calculations for the living wage for the "local community" in which Emory is located - the county and the metro region. They have different living wages, which affect the other answers to this credit. Clarification on AASHE's preference for the "local community" would help standardize responses to part 1. AASHE should consider these two challenges to completing this credit in the next version of STARS.

Part 2 only includes data about wages for Emory University employees. Could not obtain data from Emory Healthcare during the pandemic.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.