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PwC comments on the FCA’s decision on diversity and inclusion disclosures at board and executive management level for listed companies

20 Apr 2022

Commenting on the FCA’s policy decision on diversity and inclusion disclosures at board and executive management level for listed companies, Katy Bennet, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Director, at PwC, said:

“The FCA has listened to concerns from firms, and as a result is giving them more flexibility in how they collect and report the data. This flexibility requires firms to take a view on their data categorisation and methodology, which may present a challenge for companies looking for prescriptive guidance during the first years of disclosure. However, in the long run it creates scope for companies to reflect what categories and targets are right for them, in order to provide meaningful disclosure and support their broader diversity and inclusion agenda. Firms will also have to consider how they maintain the privacy of individuals, in particular where they are subject to multiple reporting requirements. 

"The new rules will lead to greater transparency, and pave the way for increased disclosure of wider workforce diversity statistics, as well as diversity and inclusion targets, which play an important role within the broader ESG agenda."

“Improving diversity, particularly at the most senior levels, remains a challenge and will take time. Firms should use this change as a catalyst to making meaningful and sustainable progress on diversity and inclusion more broadly. This will require a concerted effort to recruit more board members with diverse backgrounds or experiences, and a more strategic approach to developing a diverse pipeline of talent. Firms should consider how they can root out biases across the employee lifecycle, by looking at culture, performance management, recruitment processes, progression and attrition.”

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