Lobbying, corporate governance, pay gap: CIPR unveils Manifesto for government

The CIPR has published its Manifesto 2015, which urges the next government to act to encourage a more professional and ethical lobbying community as well as deliver a stronger economy and fairer society.

The Manifesto call for the next government to:

1) On lobbying: Actively support the development of high professional standards and accountability in lobbying, and work with the profession to build stronger institutions that can regulate the ethical conduct of lobbyists, supporting and maintaining the voluntary codes of conduct.

2) On the future of corporate governance: Help create a new corporate culture in the UK based on wider value creation and with "a firm understanding of the importance of relationships in business decision making".

3) On independent practitioners and future skills needs: Allow tax deductibility for any kind of training undertaken by the self-employed and allow tax deductibility for any kind of training for small businesses.

4) On the gender pay gap: Tackle gender pay and inequality directly by strengthening the Equal Pay Act, ensuring it is applied universally.

5) On data protection: Think beyond the scope of current EU Data Protection Law and lead a national conversation about how we can develop a coherent and satisfactory framework for responding to emerging technology and address the rapid changes in the market for data.

6) On internet governance and broadband: Build support for a multi-stakeholder approach to internet governance, and pledge a greater amount of investment in the UK’s critical digital infrastructure.

CIPR President Sarah Pinch said: "Looking outside of our traditional areas of influence, some of the really big questions facing our society – internet governance, data protection, the gender pay gap – have not so far figured large in political debate, but our future government will need to take a lead on finding answers to them.

"Most of these issues are not ones for which a government can simply legislate, and most of them do not have a simple, straightforward solution. Rather, they require an open and informed public conversation which will allow us to arrive at a sustainable set of policies and maintain the UK’s world lead in what are critically important areas."

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