Corporate reporting & gender equality in the workplace
House of Lords
This meeting gave members an opportunity to discuss the extent to which changing corporate reporting requirements may help to deliver greater gender equality in the workplace, whether because companies want to protect the reputation of their brands among stakeholders or by focussing board attention on these issues. The guest speakers were: Jo Swinson, the Equalities Minister and Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs; and Helena Morrissey, the Chief Executive of Newton Investment Management. The issues discussed included: whether reporting on the gender balance within companies will help ensure more women have non-executive and executive roles at board level; whether reporting on the gender pay gap will help reduce it; and the possible impact of narrative reporting on the career choices made by girls and young women.