17 July 2008
Buyers are not convinced a government bill to reduce gender discrimination will be successful.
Last month Harriet Harman, minister for women and equality, launched the Equality Bill. One part encourages suppliers to be more open about their wage structure and what they pay staff. It is thought greater transparency will expose the gender pay gap.
But according to the latest SM100 poll, 72 per cent of buyers did not think the plans would reduce discrimination.
Some buyers said a lack of mandate would hamper the proposal's success. "I regularly try to get ordinary data from suppliers and it is challenging. This would be impossible except for big firms who have pressure to be role models," said Penny Kemp, executive adviser at KPMG.