Past Event


By 21.12.18Past EventAugust 27th, 2020No Comments

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Screening Room, South Wing, Somerset House
Victoria Embankment
London WC2R 1LA


  • Rebecca Long-Bailey – Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Iain Wright – Director of Corporate Governance, Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales
  • Catherine Howarth – Chief Executive, Share Action
  • Luke Hildyard – Director, High Pay Centre
  • Louise Fisher – Chair, Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (Chair)

Last year, median pay for a FTSE 100 CEO pay leapt by 11% to £3.9 million. Opinion polls repeatedly show public support for draconian measures such as capping executives’ pay. Top pay and perceived greed are also given by survey respondents as the main reason for their lack of trust in business.

It is clear that this situation is that unsustainable and that reform of the Remuneration Committees that set top pay will be needed. Indeed, the new corporate governance code sets out provisions that will force RemCos to review how they operate:

For example:

  • How should they undertake their new responsibility to oversee pay practices throughout the organisation?
  • How should they interact with the new mechanisms designed to promote stakeholder voice in corporate governance?
  • How should they assess company performance, in light of the increased emphasis in the code on directors’ responsibilities beyond delivering returns to shareholders?

To answer questions such as these, the High Pay Centre and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development undertook an extensive programme of interviews with remuneration committees, plus other stakeholders in the pay setting process with backgrounds in investment, people management, board effectiveness and remuneration consultancy.

The insights and conclusions from this research will be presented at the event, followed by an expert stakeholder discussion on the future of the remuneration committee.

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