Archive for August, 2011

Boardroom Equality Via Quotas Seen as Key to Corporate Success

"The EU Justice Commissioner Vivienne Redding challenged publicly listed companies in Europe to sign a “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe” by March 2012, pledging a voluntary commitment to increase women’s presence on corporate boards to 30% by 2015 and to 40% by 2020. The EU further launched a public ...

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Women on Boards Bibliography

Julie Fox Gorte and Heather Smith of Pax World have compiled an excellent bibliography of research on boardroom diversity and corporate governance. Click here for the full list! Women on Boards Bibliography

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Gender Diversity in the FTSE 100

Read a new analysis of the FTSE 100!  The paper concludes: ·        Female directors more likely to be present on larger boards ·        Female directors represented on all committees once on the board ·        Companies they identify as from the economic or consumer section are much more likely to have women board members ...

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Overcoming Blocks in the Corporate Pipelines

"While the roles of women have evolved tremendously over the last 30 years, there are still entrenched mind sets and behaviours, not just in companies, but among women themselves, which pose roadblocks to their further advancement. And this old-fashioned prejudice is visibly hampering a woman’s transition from middle to senior management ...

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A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom

"If your company strives to have a board with a well-rounded view of the world, staffed with pragmatic directors who do their homework and aren't afraid to ask the tough questions, then it's probably looking for a few good women right now. Companies across Europe are being urged to respond to ...

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Europe Takes Lead on Boardroom Diversity

"The issue of women in the boardroom has gained impetus in recent weeks. The European Commission consultation paper on corporate governance, which closed for responses last week, has a strong focus on boardroom diversity. It was reinforced last month by a call from the European Parliament for EU-wide legislation to ...

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Cracker Barrel Names New Female CEO

"Casual dining chain Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. said Monday that President and Chief Operating Officer Sandra B. Cochran will become its CEO next month as part of a succession plan that has been in the works for two years." For the full Bloomberg Businessweek article, go to http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9OR9FD00.htm  

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Are There Really Boards With No Women?

"A peek behind the oak-paneled doors of just a few of those boardrooms reveals a stunning lack of diversity in those rarified cocoons where for the “pale, male and stale” board member it is business as usual: On the boards of Urban Outfitters, the Cheesecake Factory, Expedia, Steve Madden, Panera ...

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Directors and Boards Addresses Pros and Cons of Gender Quotas

Directors & Boards, a quarterly journal dedicated to the topics of leadership and corporate governance, published several articles in its November 2010 issue addressing the pros and cons of gender quotas.  Click below to read! Directors and Boards Gender Quota Nov 2010

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Gender Quota Commentary from Malta

"When the issue of gender quotas arises there is generally an expected sense of shock and horror. The reaction is a shared feeling amongst both men and, to a certain extent, women. The fiercest of detractors cry foul and view gender quotas as mere tokenism. They are quick to point ...

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