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Male Executives Need to ‘Lean In’ Too

This article appeared as an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal on 27th April 2015.

Male Executives Need to ‘Lean In’ Too : Gender diversity on corporate boards is the right thing to do and it makes economic sense.

This week, 3,500 of the world’s most creative and influential leaders from more than 60 nations will gather in Los Angeles for the 18th annual Milken Institute Global Conference. Over...

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30% club set to launch in Australia

Target set for number of females appointed to ASX 200 boards.

The 30% Club, is set to formally launch in Australia on Tuesday, with the nation’s most influential company directors spearheading a campaign to achieve 30 per cent female representation on ASX 200 boards by 2018.

Chairs and Directors of a substantial majority of the top ASX 30 have already pledged their commitment to the target in a series of informal discussions, as...

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The Rise of Women in Society: Enablers and Inhibitors

A new global study, commissioned by BNY Mellon and conducted by Professor Nadkarni of the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, investigates the drivers of female representation and longevity in board positions.

The primary motivation of this study was to present comprehensive and nuanced explanations of global variations in the rise of women to the boardroom through rigorous longitudinal analysis of a representative sample of the largest firms across six continents.<...

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The Lord Davies Women on Boards Annual update – The Investor Perspective

This morning the Davies Committee published their latest report - the 2015 Lord Davies Women on Boards Annual update.

The good news is that the goal set by Lord Davies to have 25% of women directors on FTSE 100 boards by the end of 2015 is within reach.

Given the current rate of director turnover and proportion of new appointments going to women, we expect that the year end outcome will lie somewhere...

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The Davies Report on Women on Boards – Fourth Annual Review

Today sees the fourth annual review from Lord Davies of Abersoch, The Davies Report on Women on Boards, with marked progress made since the report was first published in 2011. The report shows British businesses are making great voluntary strides towards a better gender balance in the boardrooms of the UK’s top companies.

The progress seen over the past four years – both in the numbers and the mindset around...

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IPO companies widening board gender imbalance

Earlier this month, the 30% Club investor group met to discuss board refreshment, human capital reporting & next steps for change.

The good news is that the goal set by Lord Davies to have 25% of women directors on FTSE 100 boards by the end of 2015 is within reach.

Given the current rate of director turnover and proportion of new appointments going to women, the year end outcome will lie somewhere between...

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Ethnic minority targets – a follow up

We have received a number of queries about the initial blog in which we suggested that having another target may not be the best way to achieve further diversity from here.

As well as the exciting progress towards more women on boards that our original target (and Lord Davies’) has encouraged over the past four years, it is clear that there is now a very different view of what makes...

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Ethnic minorities on boards

We greeted the news that Vince Cable is to launch a drive to target 20% ethnic minorities on FTSE 100 boards by 2020 with mixed feelings. Setting more and more targets for companies, however well-intentioned, just leads to gridlock and possibly resentment. It is far better to keep going in the journey towards cultural change with a focus on improved corporate governance, than to overly socially engineer things by creating yet more targets.

The...

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