IPO companies widening board gender imbalance

Earlier this month, the 30% Club investor group met to discuss board refreshment, human capital reporting & next steps for change.

The good news is that the goal set by Lord Davies to have 25% of women directors on FTSE 100 boards by the end of 2015 is within reach.

Given the current rate of director turnover and proportion of new appointments going to women, the year end outcome will lie somewhere between...

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Women build presence on world monetary stage

Gradual increase in female central banking presence after Yellen takes Fed helm

Female central bankers are building up influence across monetary authorities around the world, although they are still a long way from launching a full-scale assault on what has traditionally been an all-male bastion. The OMFIF (Official Monetary & Financial Institutions Forum) Index of Female Central Bankers nearly doubled last year, rising to 1.85 on 31 December (compared with a maximum score...

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This year will be a milestone for more equal boards

This article was originally written by Helena Morrissey and appeared in the Sunday Telegraph on 18th January 2015.

This year is a landmark year for those of us campaigning for a better balance of men and women on corporate boards: both the 30pc Club’s original aim to have at least 30pc of women directors on FTSE 100 boards and Lord Davies’ minimum recommendation of 25pc, have this year-end as our...

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I’m a convert to the value of executive education

What are you hoping for this Christmas? Something wrapped under the tree? Or something more original?

How about a gift worth £30,000? Two people will hear this week that they will get an unusual present: a place on the Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School.

I used to have mixed feelings about what is called “executive education”, ie courses offered by business schools of relatively...

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Ethnic minority targets – a follow up

We have received a number of queries about the initial blog in which we suggested that having another target may not be the best way to achieve further diversity from here.

As well as the exciting progress towards more women on boards that our original target (and Lord Davies’) has encouraged over the past four years, it is clear that there is now a very different view of what makes...

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Ethnic minorities on boards

We greeted the news that Vince Cable is to launch a drive to target 20% ethnic minorities on FTSE 100 boards by 2020 with mixed feelings. Setting more and more targets for companies, however well-intentioned, just leads to gridlock and possibly resentment. It is far better to keep going in the journey towards cultural change with a focus on improved corporate governance, than to overly socially engineer things by creating yet more targets.


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The World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2014

First introduced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2006, the Global Gender Gap Index is a measurement of gender-based disparities in individual countries tracked over time. Countries are ranked on the progress they have made to close the gender gap in four categories: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment. The highest possible score on the index is 1 and means that a nation has fully eradicated the gender...

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Have the changes to company boards been radical enough?

During a briefing at the London School of Economics in November 2008 on the global market turmoil, the Queen famously asked the question on many minds: given that the financial crisis was so big, why did nobody notice it coming? Her host, Professor Luis Garicano, suggested: “At every stage, someone was relying on somebody else and everyone thought they were doing the right thing.”

A lack of accountability was clearly...

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