Archive for February, 2012

UK: Investors urged to close sex gap on British boards

Reuters:   "Shareholders must speak out to spur on real change in the sex balance of British boardrooms, a group of UK business leaders and investors urged on Friday.  On the first anniversary of the Davies report, which called on British companies to more than double the number of women ...

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FT: The groundswell feels irreversible

The Financial Times reports that while the percentage of female FTSE 100 board directors has risen from 12.5% to 15% over the past twelve months since the Davies Report was issued, the prevailing view is that UK's largest companies may not meet the Davies' recommendation of 25% by 2015.  The ...

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European Ministers Agree to Act for More Women on Boards

European Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs gave the green light to EU Vice President Viviane Reding to "do something to boost gender balance on boards that is good for business."  Within a few weeks, VP Reding will be reviewing the response from her town hall meeting with CEOs and ...

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Tech Crunch: Why your next board member should be a woman

A timely article by Aileen Lee of Venture Capital firm Kleiner Perkins calls attention to the disappointing record on gender diversity for the boards of directors of  Silicon Valley firms.  It notes research showing that  more women on boards is consistent with better financial performance. Companies with a substantial female ...

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Telegraph: Lord Davies Shakes-up Britian’s Boardrooms

The Telegraph reports that  "One year on from the launch of Lord Davies' report into "shockingly" low female board representation, he is preparing a new report, due in March, to update ministers on progress towards increasing  numbers. Last February, his study urged FTSE 100 companies to double the percentage of women ...

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UN Chief calls on countries to listen to voices of women and young people

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today the need to empower women and youth, who have been at the centre of recent social protest movements worldwide, and warned countries against ignoring their voices as they are critical to countries’ development. “Tahrir Square , protests in Greece… What was the common thread? They were ...

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The 30% Coalition Launches Critical Mass Campaign to Dramatically Increase Number of Women on Corporate Boards

Coalition sets goal of 30% women on every board by end of 2015 (PRWEB) February 16, 2012 Twenty-seven industry thought leaders, including senior executives of major U.S. companies, founders of powerful women's organizations, institutional investors, corporate governance experts and board members, gathered for a high-level summit in late 2011 to address the ...

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28 Women appointed to companies’ board of directors — setting records

According to Women in Business, 28 women were  appointed in January 2012 to the boards of directors of leading companies.  Alice Krause notes that this is a record number. Read more

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UK PM David Cameron may set targets for women in boardrooms

The Telegraph reports that UK Prime Minister David Cameron might move to require gender quotas for British company boards if more progress is not made.  The Prime Minister spoke at a Nordic- Baltic Summit on increasing the number of women entrepreneurs and board members. The PM warned that  not exploiting ...

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Getting Women to the Top – Strategies to Champion Diversity

Womenetics notes that "while growth of women’s representation in the highest ranks of corporate leadership has dipped and lagged over time, there are promising strategies that companies can adopt to champion diversity and place women at the very top levels of decision-making power. Studies on women’s advancement have shown that cultural shifts favoring gender-diversity require ...

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