Legislation introduced by the UK Government in 2017 requires companies to publish data on their gender pay gap (GPG). Although the UK government removed the requirement for GPG reporting in April 2020 due to COVID-19, as part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, we have decided to publish the information. To be clear, the GPG data is reported for the year prior, so this data is from 2019 and is what we would have published in April 2020.
Overall, our results show a move in the right direction, with a reduction in our GPG since 2018. The biggest factor affecting our GPG performance continues to be the relatively lower number of women in our more senior ranks. A key element of our Inclusion and Diversity agenda is to hire more women into Partner roles, and create the conditions for successful promotion of women through our ranks. This is a multi-year journey and we remain committed to improving our position.
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It is important to note that gender pay gap does not measure equal pay e.g. that if two people are doing ‘the same job, similar job or work of equal value’ they are rewarded equally. We embed equal pay principles in all our procedures and carry out an annual equal pay audit each year, and our comprehensive read-across processes are designed with equal pay at their core.
We confirm that PA’s gender pay gap data was calculated in accordance with, and meets the requirements of, The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017.
Chief Operating Officer
PA Consulting Group
Within PA, we continue to improve our green credentials and work to reduce our impact to the environment. In 2013 we were awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in the UK after making a considerable reduction in our Carbon Footprint. Following the first re-certification period with the Carbon Trust in 2015 and as part of our on-going achievements in reducing our carbon footprint further, we successfully maintained our accreditation having displayed a 9.1% absolute reduction in our carbon footprint in the UK.
We continue with our commitment to reduce our impact on the environment by operating an Environmental Management System in compliance with ISO14001 in all PA owned offices and have successfully maintained this accreditation since awarded in 2013. In line with the accreditation and our environmental policy statement, we have achieved various objectives and goals. These include developing an ecology based strategy for land associated with PA owned property to reduce invasive species and to protect natural habitat to encourage flora and fauna to thrive. We have developed a program to introduce new eco hand driers in place of hand towels in all PA owned offices in an effort to reduce waste. We are also investigating ways to reduce the waste sent to landfill from PA owned offices to 0%. We continue to explore and implement new and innovative energy saving initiatives in line with our Carbon Trust approved strategy and are fully compliant with the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS.) regulations. We are working closely with a national energy optimization scheme and are expecting to expand this provision. Over the next 12 months, we expect to extend the scope of our Environmental Management System. Our most recent Global Carbon Footprint Report shows a marked decrease in the Group’s carbon footprint as compared with the previous year which equates to an overall carbon emissions reduction of 15% globally.
As part of our benefits package for our people, we offer a plan that promotes greener transport by giving our UK people a tax-saving incentive to buy a new bicycle. Furthermore, our car plan scheme continues to encourage our people to choose new low emission cars. We have recently reduced the emissions specification cap from 160g/km to 130g/km to encourage purchase of better performing cars from an environmental perspective.
PA continue to look for new and innovative ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Where possible, we will adopt new technologies and develop new approaches to achieve our objectives year-on-year.
PA Consulting Group is committed to operating in an ethical way throughout the world and we are particularly aware of the danger of bribery. Our Code of Conduct, which we review regularly, is our key defence against bribery of, or by, our people and describes our procedure on how to report suspicious practices, either openly or in confidence.
Our Code of Conduct demonstrates that PA always strives to do the "right thing" rather than the "easy thing" and that we understand the consequences of poor behaviour. We encourage our employees to review these policies regularly and provide a variety of training to our employees to ensure compliance.
We take action to ensure that those in our supply chain also have appropriate procedures in place. We will take relevant action against those who fail to meet our standards.
Chief Executive Officer
PA Consulting Group
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The PA Consulting Group's tax strategy is to plan and operate in a transparent manner. We want our tax position to be fair – and be seen as being fair - for our shareholders and for society in all countries where we operate.
This document sets out how PA implements this strategy. It covers four areas:
As part of its overall risk management policy, the PA Board has put in place various structures and processes to deliver effective management of the group's tax risks:
The Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing PA's tax risks. It reports regularly to the Board. The Audit Committee approves the group's tax strategy and receives regular updates on tax matters.
The Investment Committee has operational oversight of PA's tax affairs. The Investment Committee is responsible for approving the tax impact of all material transactions.
The CFO, as Senior Accounting Officer, is responsible for ensuring that PA maintains appropriate tax accounting arrangements. This involves establishing financial controls and systems to ensure that the group files accurate tax returns and meets its legal obligations to tax authorities.
We continue to seek non-controversial ways to improve the group's tax position, and influence the key drivers of PA's tax rate.
Our approach is to engage in efficient planning that supports PA's business and reflects its commercial and economic activities.
In common with other businesses, PA uses external tax advisers to assist with more complex issues, and to help it validate in-house proposals.
As a supplier to the UK and other national public sectors, PA fully supports the principles contained in the UK Government's Procurement Policy Note "Measures to promote tax compliance", issued by the UK Cabinet Office. We do not engage in abusive tax arrangements or artificial tax avoidance schemes.
We aim to be a responsible taxpayer in all countries where we operate.
PA's tax position is managed centrally from the UK. This team ensures that PA operates consistent and responsible tax processes, in all PA countries.
We apply the same approach to all jurisdictions, including those countries where a tax authority has less capacity to scrutinise issues.
We also encourage responsible tax behaviour in our supply chain, by requiring our suppliers to meet certain standards.
However tax law can be complex, and occasionally there are differences of interpretation or areas of uncertainty. If challenged, PA will defend its tax positions, and will engage professional advisers to assist, when appropriate.
We aim to build good relationships with tax authorities in all countries where we do business.
PA works transparently with local tax authorities in order to meet their statutory requirements.
We adopt positive and proactive disclosure, and co-operative working practices.
We seek to be treated as a taxpayer like any other, and we do not try to obtain preferential treatment in tax rulings or settlements.
Our main tax relationship is with the tax authority in the UK, HMRC, because the majority of PA's subsidiaries and employees are based in the UK. We therefore hold regular meetings with HMRC to share information on PA's activities and to discuss the tax treatment of its transactions. In other jurisdictions, although there may be less regular contact with tax authorities, we still respond positively and transparently to their requests for information.