On 4 September 2012, the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee launched a new inquiry into women in the workplace. It will consider among other things:

  • how far the recommendations made by Lord Davies in his review of February 2011, ‘Women on Boards’, have been adopted;
  • the extent to which investors should take into account the percentage of women on a company’s board when they consider company reporting and appointments to the board;
  • why there are still so few women in senior positions on boards; and
  • the benefits of having a greater number of women in these positions.

It will also consider other, general, issues relating to the position of women in the workplace, including the following:

  • whether existing legislation goes far enough in tackling inequalities between men and women in the workplace;
  • the steps to be taken to ensure enhanced transparency on certain issues such as pay and workforce composition;
  • the question of gender stereotyping in particular business sectors (including banking, engineering and construction); and
  • the effect of the current economic situation on female employment and pay levels.

Comments are requested by 5 October 2012.

Business, Innovation and Skills Committee News Release: Women in the Workplace available at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/business-innovation-and-skills/news/women-in-the-workplace/