Equality Trust Response to BEIS Select Committee Consultation on Corporate Governance

The Equality Trust has responded to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee’s inquiry on corporate governance. Our full response can be found here, key points include:

  • Executive pay has risen far beyond merit, partly due to a collapse of social norms.
  • Social norms can be restored by anchoring executive pay to that of the average employee through monitoring of pay ratios.
  • The Government should legislate to require large and medium sized companies to publish the pay ratio between the total remuneration of their executive director and that of their median employee.
  • Large and medium sized companies should also be required to publish a justification of their pay ratio in their annual reports, as well as providing an account of any changes in the pay ratio.
  • Employers should also be encouraged to publish the pay ratio between the total remuneration of their executive director and their lowest paid employee.
  • Employee representatives on boards can improve both the equity and efficiency of an organisation.
  • The Government should require large and medium sized companies to have employee representatives comprising a third of the members of their boards.

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For further comments or to arrange an interview, contact info@equalitytrust.org.uk