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The Lord Davies Women on Boards Annual update – The Investor Perspective

This morning the Davies Committee published their latest report - the 2015 Lord Davies Women on Boards Annual update.

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, we expect that the year end outcome will lie somewhere...

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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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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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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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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.

The...

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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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Nurole makes it first FTSE appointment

Digital recruitment company Nurole has made its first FTSE appointment. It helped The Merchants Trust select Sybella Stanley, director at publisher Reed Elsevier, and political journalist Mary Ann Sieghart, as non-executive directors, making its board 40% female.

Nurole was set up this year by headhunter Susie Cummings and is shaking up the way that company boards select directors. Nurole registrants fill out an online form expressing their areas of interest. When a...

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