Government Affairs

Government Affairs Action Center

The Catalyst Government Affairs team collaborates with nonprofits, the private sector, and governments around the world to advance our mission and improve the lives of working women by influencing policy and advocating for change.

Recent Events

  • Province of Ontario considers legislation on pay transparency—On April 18, 2018, Catalyst Canada's Executive Director, Tanya van Biesen, as a former member of the Ontario Gender Wage Gap Working Group, was able to provide an official submission explaining Catalyst's position on Bill 3, the Pay Transparency Act of 2018​, currently in consideration for passage by the Ontario legislature. View our official submission.

  • Canada’s House of Commons holds hearing on gender pay equity—On May 2, 2017, Serena Fong, Vice President, Government Affairs, Catalyst, testified at a hearing held by the Parliament of Canada House of Commons Special Committee on Pay Equity. The hearings were conducted to inform a plan for the government to tackle and help close the gender wage gap in Canada. Learn more and watch Ms. Fong’s testimony on the committee’s website.

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs law to improve diversity on boards and senior leadership of city contractors—On April 26, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio signed legislation requiring the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to produce a voluntary survey to be distributed to all prospective city contractors that will collect racial, ethnic, and gender information on their executives and board members.  Catalyst received a proclamation from the New York City Council for its efforts to get the legislation passed. 

Legislative Issues Center

The Pay Gap: Check here for resources and tools designed to help close the gender pay gap.

Increasing Gender Diversity on Boards: An extensive overview of approaches taken by governments around the world to increase gender diversity on corporate boards.

Commonly Requested Research

Our nonpartisan research is at the center of everything we do at Catalyst. Catalyst relies on fact-based, scientific methods—including longitudinal panels and large-scale field studies—to uncover barriers to women’s advancement at work.

The Business Case for Diversity: A collection of research findings that support the business case for fostering diversity, including Why Diversity Matters, and how Inclusion is connected to innovation and helpfulness.

By The Numbers: The numbers speak for themselves! Find a variety of facts and statistics on issues that impact women at work.

Women in Leadership: A collection of research that focuses on all aspects of women in corporate leadership.

How can we help you?

Catalyst can provide you with the tools you need to knowledgably discuss, advocate for, and craft policies about women in the workplace. Whether your organization needs expert testimony, cutting-edge research, or fact-filled resources for building an inclusive work environment, we can help. The objective, nonpartisan nature of our research, combined with our in-depth partnerships with leading businesses and other organizations, enables Catalyst to offer trusted information from a unique perspective. We know from scientific research and decades of experience what works.

Contact Information

To discuss how Catalyst can help you reach your policy goals, please contact:

  • Serena Fong, Vice President, Government Affairs, +1 646 388 7757