US leaders rank gender disparities in pay low on priority list

A recent survey of CEOs and other executives around the world shows executives from the U.S. rank equal pay last on their list of priorities, Fast Company reports.

The survey, commissioned by The Conference Board, focuses on business leaders' concerns for 2020. It includes responses from 740 CEOs and 780 other C-level executives. Participants were asked to rank priorities in two categories, internal and external concerns. The list of internal concerns, which included "implement equal pay for equal work," also included items like recruitment and retention, creating new business models in response to disruptive tech, developing the next cohort of leaders, data privacy and diversity, among others.

For CEOs in the U.S., "implement equal pay for equal work" ranks last, as Fast Company points out. On a global scale, it is also near the bottom, at No. 16 out of 19 hot-button issues.

The report indicates that female executives are much more attuned to the issue. Globally, women in executive roles ranked pay inequality their sixth most important internal priority, compared to men, who ranked it No. 15.

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