Archive for June, 2012

Czech Republic: Women rising to the top

"More women occupy top positions in Czech companies than ever before, but they are still struggling to get ahead compared with their European counterparts. A survey carried out by the Deloitte Corporate Governance Centre showed that in the past 12 years, the share of women who hold senior management roles in ...

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Colorado Program Seeks to Get More Women into Board Rooms

"According to a  study by the chamber's Women's  Leadership Foundation, women in 2011 held 16 percent of directorship positions in publicly traded companies — but in Colorado, only 7 percent of these roles were held by women." After the study the Colorado chamber decided to create  Board Bound, a  program that seeks to ...

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Italy: Push ‘Pink Quotas’

The Wall Street Journal discusses the situation of Italy where fewer women work compared with most other industrialized countries but now the country is ready to turn a page—starting in the boardroom. "A new law requires Italian listed and state-owned companies to ensure that one-third of their board members are women ...

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UK: Firms face compulsory quotas if they don’t put women in top jobs

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary said that businesses could be hit with compulsory quotas to increase the number of women on boards unless they raise the number voluntarily. He is ready to introduce legal targets if firms had failed to ensure a quarter of executives at board level were female by ...

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Ireland should legislate for corporate quotas

The National Women's Council of Ireland called on the government to legislate for quotas to increase the number of women on corporate Boards. "There is clear evidence linking the economic crises to bad decisions made in testosterone-filled rooms. Yet, not one woman has been asked to join the eight men on the ...

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Australia: Balancing boardroom genders

The percentage of women on government boards in Tasmania is currently 35 per cent but the State Government is hoping to lift that to 50 per cent. One of the main ways the Government encourages women's participation on boards is through the Tasmanian Women's Register. The register is a secure online ...

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Harvard: Women on Boards: Review & Outlook

To succeed today, companies need to embrace change, in ways that include learning to market and sell using digital channels, pursuing global customers, leveraging technology, and relentlessly streamlining operations to remain competitive. CTPartners is starting to see changes in the boardroom that mirror these macro changes. Demand is emerging for a ...

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EU: Consultation on Gender imbalace in Corporate boards

On the basis of the Progress Report "Women in economic decision-making in the EU" presented by Vice-President Viviane Reding on 5 March 2012, the European Commission launched a public consultation of stakeholders on possible measures in this context. This consultation feed into an assessment of possible EU-level measures to enhance female participation ...

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NACD: Is Your Board At Its Expiration Date?

Recent corporate crises have placed a spotlight on the rapidly changing pace of technology and media, and the vulnerable position businesses are in. As a result, some governance experts have advocated adding younger directors to boards to provide a newer thought perspective. NACD’s Research Department recently conducted an informal analysis of ...

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FT: Schools promote women on boards

In order to support the European Union’s ongoing call for more women on boards, a group of European business schools and  senior women executives have published a  list of female candidates that they think are ready for board level  appointments. The list contains more than 3,500 names, including the  alumnae, faculty and board members ...

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