The Davies Report on Women on Boards – Fourth Annual Review

Today sees the fourth annual review from Lord Davies of Abersoch, The Davies Report on Women on Boards, with marked progress made since the report was first published in 2011. The report shows British businesses are making great voluntary strides towards a better gender balance in the boardrooms of the UK’s top companies.

The progress seen over the past four years – both in the numbers and the mindset around...

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Vodafone pioneers a global maternity policy across 30 countries

Vodafone announced today that it will become one of the first organisations in the world to introduce a mandatory minimum global maternity policy. By the end of 2015, women working at all levels across Vodafone’s 30 operating companies in Africa, the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the US will be offered at least 16 weeks fully paid maternity leave, as well as full pay for a 30-hour week for the first six...

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The 30% Club in Southern Africa

The 30% Club in Southern Africa recently hosted their first annual seminar.

30% Club Southern Africa Members Dinner. Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu gave a speech where she focused on the education and training of women, women in power and decision making, and women and the economy, referencing an Ethiopian proverb that says “Where a woman rules, streams run uphill”.

The African Union, which aims for 50%...

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30% Club Teams Up With Human Race

To those of you who were unable to attend the 30% club morning on Tuesday 24th February, and therefore missed my brief talk – I wanted to get in touch to let you know about why my sports events company, Human Race Events, have teamed up with the 30% Club and Women Ahead. Essentially, we want to get multiple groups of female colleagues to take part together in our Women’s Challenge Day event...

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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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