The latest curve-ball from Europe, Germany’s likely introduction of quotas, sees us back frustratingly arguing already well-trodden ground. Earlier this week, the two parties most likely to form the next German government reached a compromise over the so-called ‘Frauenquote’ rule.

The debate is not new in Germany.  Angela Merkel’s CDU party successfully negated several previous attempts to introduce boardroom quotas. In April this year,...

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The Global Gender Gap

The ‘Global Gender Gap’ report, published annually by the World Economic Forum, attempts to quantify the magnitude of gender based disparities across the world, and track their progress over time. The series’ recently published 8th report highlights both positive and negative conclusions. At a very high level, the gap between men and women has narrowed slightly in the past year, but no country in the world has yet achieved gender...

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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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