At least one CEO is happy with the Obama administration’s new push for equal pay announced Friday.
The proposal would require large companies to disclose employee compensation broken down by gender, ethnicity, and race—a measure that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff writes is a “big step toward building a better world where every woman is paid the same as her male counterpart.”
Salesforce, a San Francisco-based cloud computing company, has actively tackled its own gender pay gap this past year, spending $3 million to give female employees equal salaries to men. Benioff says that he never thought a gender pay gap could surface at a company like his—but, when he looked at the data, the evidence was clear. (Even though Benioff is applauding the disclosure proposal, Salesforce has not publicly disclosed its own pay gap.) In a statement released Friday, Benioff writes:
Companies would begin submitting the proposed wage gap information by September 2017.
The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron announced the implementation of a similar measure in July, which would require companies with more than 250 people to disclose the average pay of their male and female workers. It’ll go into effect by October of this year, at the earliest.