The Latest Twist in the EU Saga

Rather than providing clarity, the latest twist in the EU saga has done little except create confusion and rehash an already well-argued debate.

To be clear, this latest EU push is thankfully not an attempt at new legislation. It is the same draft EU Directive (requiring EU-listed companies to ensure, by 2020, that at least 40% of their non-executive board members are women) that the EC published on 14 November 2012, and that is slowly...

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The latest stats released by BoardWatch show that FTSE 100 companies now have 19% women directors (up from 12.5% prior to Lord Davies’ review). 31 companies in the FTSE 100 now have 25% or more women on their boards, and 13 have already hit 30%! In the FTSE 250, 41 companies have 25% or more women directors, with 19 companies having 30% or more – proportionally less than the FTSE 100 but still a positive trend. Importantly, 25% of FTSE 100 and 36% of FTSE 250 board appointments since March 1...

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The 30% Club Mentoring Pilot

We are delighted to announce the launch of The 30% Club cross-company mentoring pilot! The objective of The 30% Club mentoring pilot is to offer and facilitate a cross-company, cross-sector mentoring programme that will complement existing schemes in the UK market and within individual organisations. The pilot is intended to address the issue of scalability in mentoring and be the first step in creating a ‘village’ of networking opportunities leveraging technology with the...

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The 30% Club and Henley Business School announce winner of Women in Leadership Scholarship

The winner Surbjit Kaur with the judging panel. (Photo courtesy of the Financial Times)

At a reception last night hosted by the Financial Times, The 30% Club and Henley Business School announced the winner of the Women in Leadership Scholarship award.

Surbjit Kaur, a Senior Supply Chain and Operations Manager at EY, fought off tough competition to win a fully-funded place, worth £34,000, on the Henley Business School Executive MBA ...

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Creating Sustainable and Meaningful Change in Business Culture

A little-known aspect of a new EU Directive is set to enforce mandatory targets for the number of women on boards onto majority of the big financial services firms in the UK. These rules have come to light after the two UK agencies that regulate the financial services industry (the FCA and the PRA) recently published consultation papers on the EU’s Capital Requirements Directive IV (CRD IV). Hidden in CRD IV...

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Mining the Metrics of Board Diversity

There is some very interesting data in Thomson Reuters’ latest study ‘Mining the Metrics of Board Diversity’, tracking the progression of women on corporate boards around the world. The data shows that not only has the number of women on boards increased over the past five years, but that, on average, companies with mixed-gender boards had similar, or marginally better, performance when compared against a benchmark index. Companies with no...

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Henley Business School & The 30% Club Women in Leadership Scholarship

In support of the 30% Club’s new Balancing the Pyramid initiative, Henley Business School is offering a full Scholarship for its Executive MBA programme.

Henley Business School is one of the world’s top ranked business schools. It is ranked number one for the number of female academic staff of any business school in the UK by The Economist.

  The Scholarship:

  • A...

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The 30% Club Goes Global

The need for better gender balance has never been just a UK issue, but a global one. The business benefits of gender diversity do not change with geography, and it is with this in mind that The 30% Club is hugely excited to announce that we are going global! Our international expansion began in March 2013 when we launched in Hong Kong with 41 founding local Chairman, but the momentum has continued at a spectacular rate...

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