Board Diversity At An Impasse?

June 2017. Heidrick & Struggles. The study points out that for the first time in ten years, the percentage of newly selected F500 directors who are women has dropped – from 29.8% in 2015 to 27.8% in 2016.  Just 117 of 421 new directors are women.  The implication is that the ...

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Spencer Stuart U.S. Board Index

December 2017. SpencerStuart. "Investors' interest in boards has never been greater. Investors expect that boards will include a diverse mix of perspectives and backgrounds aligned with the company’s current and future strategic objectives and risks, and that they will embrace meaningful processes to refresh the board and maximize board effectiveness. How are ...

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There are 624 public companies with no women on their boards. Here’s the list

December 2017. Quartz at Work. "There are more women on corporate boards than ever, but they still only occupy 16% of all available seats in the Russell 3000, an index of the 3,000 largest US companies. And 624 companies still have no women directors at all. Here’s a list of those companies, ...

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Skechers, Kodak, Hostess: Household brands without any women on the board

December 2017. Quartz at Work. "Skechers, the footwear company, sells a dizzying array of sneakers, athletic apparel, and accessories to women and girls. The company sponsors elite women athletes like distance runner Kara Goucher and golfer Brooke Henderson, and created a “wellness collection” aimed at boosting sales to women. And it does all ...

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Boosting women’s participation in workforce

December 2017. New Straits Times. "The government’s call to further enhance female participation in many spheres of the economy deserves much support. Females easily make up half the population — they should equally represent half the workforce too. However, their participation rates in the workforce do not match their corresponding share in the ...

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Progress towards achieving on 30% female representation across ASX 200 Boards has stalled

September 2017. Australian Institute of Company Directors. "The percentage of female directors across the ASX 200 has risen dramatically since 2009 when it stood at just 8.3%. However, the AICD’s quarterly 30% by 2018:Gender Diversity Progress Report shows that at the end of August there were 25.4% female directors across the ASX ...

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Breaking the glass ceiling at corporate level

November 2017. Business Recorder. "Fixing the regulated and documented level might be one way to help build up CIPE-Pakistan’s Women National Business Agenda aimed at helping women entrepreneurs. A lot of the challenges that women face today in the work environment need focus on establishing a conducive environment that boosts gender ...

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Treasurer calls on CalPERS, CalSTRS to adopt diversity standards for corporate boards

November 2017. Pensions & Investments. "California Treasurer John Chiang is calling on CalPERS and CalSTRS to put pressure on corporate boards of the companies they invest in to meet a diversity standard of 30% women and 30% diverse representation in terms of sexual orientation and cultural and ethnic composition."   More from this ...

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Gender Diversity and Overboarding Dominate ISS’s 2018 Proxy Guideline Updates

November 2017. Lawson Lundell LLP. "Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) has published its 2018 updates to its proxy voting guidelines for Canadian public companies. As it had indicated earlier this fall in the summary of its 2018 Global Policy Survey, ISS has implemented a gender diversity policy, to be phased in for ...

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Women make up 15% of board seats in listed Indian firms

November 2017. The Hindu Business Line. "About 15 per cent of board seats in listed Indian companies are now held by women, reflecting their rising sway in the corporate world. The numbers have risen from just 4 per cent three years ago, following a SEBI directive to have at least one ...

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Caveat: Donohoe runs shy of own advice on women directors

November 2017. The Irish Times. "Paschal Donohoe, our surprisingly bookish Minister for Finance, was busy fiercely channelling his inner Emmanuel Macron this week. Like the French president, it seems Donohoe is rather fond of philosophy. It certainly puts his boss, Leo Varadkar’s cartoon socks fetish in the intellectual shade."   More here.

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