BlackRock supports effort to boost number of women board members

July 2017.  Reuters.

“BlackRock Inc (BLK.N) voted for eight proposals pushing U.S. and Canadian companies to adopt policies boosting their boards’ diversity during the most recent quarter, the world’s largest asset manager said on Thursday.┬áBlackRock said it supported the shareholder motions to press companies to develop or disclose policies geared to promote gender diversity. It did not name the companies it pushed but said the ‘majority’ had boards of directors lacking women. ‘We’ve been particularly focused on increasing the number of women on U.S. boards because progress in the U.S. has been slower than in many other markets,’ BlackRock said in a report it distributed.”

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