Archive for November, 2013

Singapore Board Diversity Report 2013: Time for Women to Rise

The Singapore Board Diversity Report shows that having women on the board not only increases company performance, but also improves corporate governance. However, women are still not a big component of Singapore's boardrooms and though the percentage of women on boards grew to 7.9 percent in 2012, this represents an improvement ...

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Germany: Companies Must Make Boards 30 Percent Female

Per a proposal agreed on by the two largest political parties in Germany, companies listed on the German stock exchange must ensure that at least 30 percent of the members on their supervisory boards are women by 2016.  Currently, among the 30 biggest companies on the stock exchange, 22 percent of the ...

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Cranfield School of Management Report: Percentage of Women on FTSE Boards At Highest Level Since 1999

A progress report published by Cranfield School of Management shows that women now account for 19% of FTSE 100 and 15% of FTSE 250 board positions.  This is the highest level since Cranfield began monitoring the number of women in Britain’s boardrooms in 1999. To view the official Cranfield University press ...

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EU: New Directive Sets Target Quota of 40 Percent of Seats on Boards for Women

The European Parliament has approved a draft directive setting a target quota for companies listed on stock exchanges that at least 40% of their non-executive directors must be women.  This quota must be met by 2020 (and by 2018 for government owned companies).  Companies with 250 or more employees throughout ...

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Germany: Women’s Quota on Company Boards Agreed On in Negotiations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's next government will require companies listed on Germany's stock exchange to fill at least 30 percent of their supervisory boards with women. Read the full article here.

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UK Reaches Highest Number Of Female Board Members Ever While The US Stagnates

The percentage of board positions held by women in the top 100 companies listed with the London stock exchange FTSE has reached nearly 19 percent, the highest since the data started being analyzed in 2011, according to the latest reporting tracking that progress by Cranfield University. The 19 percent figure is ...

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CNN Money: How Women Change the Conversation on Boards

At Fortune's Most Powerful Women event in Hong Kong this past weekend, panelist Wei Sun Christianson, co-CEO of the Asia Pacific division of Morgan Stanley discussed how having women on the board has had a "profound impact on boardroom behavior... When we have a corporate board room of 50% women, ...

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Joseph Keefe: To Advance Women, Investors Need to Lean on Corporations

Joseph Keefe, CEO of Pax World Management LLC writes: "When women are at the table, the discussion is richer, the decision-making process is better, management is more innovative and collaborative, and the organization is stronger.  Women bring new perspectives, consider different issues when making decisions, and tend to use a ...

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Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI): Report on “Women Board Directors of Top Retail and Consumer Products Companies Globally”

Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI) released its latest report on "Women Board Directors of Top Retail and Consumer Products Companies Globally."  Among the report's findings: Women account for 18.4% of directors serving on the boards of the world's largest retail and consumer products companies globally. Over a third of companies surveyed have ...

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California: Setting the Pace for Women on Corporate Boards

Senate Resolution 62 was adopted by the California legislature earlier this year, urging publicly held companies with nine or more directors seats to fill at least three of them with women over the next three years.  Companies with 5-8 directors should have at least two women during that time frame.  ...

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