Shareholders reject bid to link Google diversity to exec pay
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Shareholders of Google parent Alphabet Inc. have rejected several proposals aimed at linking executive pay to diversity goals, being more open about lobbying, narrowing the gender-pay gap, and weakening the grip founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have on company voting stock.
The rejection was not a surprise given the company had declared itself opposed to the proposals — in many cases because it said it was addressing the broader issues in other ways — and because Page and Brin control 51 percent of the voting power.
But the proposals reflected the increasing concern about the search giant’s massive influence on technology and impact on society. Some Google employees came out in favor of the diversity proposal, including Irene Knapp, a Google engineer, who read a statement supporting it.