November 29, 2013
I support Dodd-Frank rule 953(b), which strikes me as being all about the intersection of pay equity and investor value.
American workers are more productive than ever, but, year after year, studies show working Americans earning less and less, even as CEO pay balloons and corporate profits soar.
Disclosing corporate pay ratios between CEOs and average employees will finally show which corporations are driving this trend, which siphons money away from investors, and into the pockets of CEOs. In 1990, senior executive pay absorbed 5 percent of corporate profits. Today, according to Government Metrics International, it absorbs 10 percent.
Fairer pay structures mean stronger companies and a stronger economy – both of which are important to me as a consumer and as an investor.
Also, it will help me put my values into practice if I can make decisions about where to shop based upon knowledge of corporate practices.
Corporations exist for the public good as well as for shareholders - they use public infrastructure and have a greatly magnified influence on citizen's lives. They should honor us with transparency.
No doubt there are a select few who benefit from the status quo of keeping the pay disparities undisclosed. No doubt there are a select few who benefit from the status quo of keeping the pay disparities undisclosed. But you must protect the American public, not the interests of CEO executives.
I urge you to stand firm and implement a strong rule that will uphold the intent of the Dodd-Frank law.
Thank you for considering my comment,