Tags: Boardroom

EU suggestions for boardroom gender equality met by diverse opinions

It’s a topic that divides opinion straight down the line, but now it seems the EU Commission is set to bring in legislation that would require employers to focus on equality and diversity in the workplace by implementing a quota of female board members. Viviane Reding, the EU commissioner for justice, citizenship and fundamental rights,…

Nick Stephens: Addressing the boardroom gender gap

The issue of gender balance within UK boards has moved quickly up the business agenda following last year’s Davies Report. Lord Davies’ Women on Boards report outlined the benefits that a mixed board brings in terms of skills and different perspectives and recommended that a minimum of 25% of FTSE 100 board members should be…

Women still being kept out of senior positions at UK’s leading companies

None of the companies listed in the FTSE 100 appointed a women to be a full-time member of their board over the past year, a new report has revealed. BoardWatch, which tracks the appointments of females to UK boards, found that the last woman to be made an executive director of a leading company in…

House of Lords to discuss if diversity in boardrooms should be an issue for the EU

A House of Lords committee is to consider whether or not increasing gender equality on company boards should be a matter for EU lawmakers. It comes after the European Commission announced that it is considering proposing the implementation of quotas for a minimum number of women on boards that would apply to companies throughout the…

Maggie Berry: How can HR departments promote gender equality in the boardroom?

HR departments could have a big role to play in encouraging boards to select new members based on merit rather than replicating existing board members. The Equality and Human Rights Commission recently published the results of its first in-depth study into the recruitment of non-executive directors by headhunters. One of the key findings of the…

Headhunters and chairmen encouraged to do more to increase female non-execs on FTSE boards

The appointment of women to FTSE 350-listed non-executive director roles is being held back by selection processes which ultimately favour candidates with similar characteristics to existing male-dominated board members, according to a new report released today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The report, produced by Cranfield School of Management, is the first in-depth…

Diversity Quotas Considered by European Union

The European Union has launched an open consultation on promoting gender equality in the boardrooms of publicly-listed companies after an European Commission report disclosed unpromising results under current policies. The consultation will be open until 28 May 2012 and will ask stakeholders such as the companies and the public for their opinions on this issue.…

80% of head-hunters believe Davies Report will fail

60% think firms should more than double Women on Boards New figures compiled by InterExec, the Confidential Agent for executives earning £150k – £1million+, have revealed that 80% of senior executive head-hunters believe that firms will fail to meet the recommendations by the Davies report, that companies should more than double the women on their…

Bad Habits in the boardroom

Almost half of UK Non Executive Directors feel underused and undervalued Nearly half of Non Executive Directors (46%) do not feel that their experience and knowledge is leveraged to full effect often enough by the Boards they sit on according to a new study(1) by Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann and KPMG. The research was conducted on…

Are men receiving significantly more support to reach board positions than women?

A new report out today (Tuesday 20 March 2012) shows that more men than women who aspire to reach the boardroom are likely to be offered support by their employers. Praesta, which coaches 450 top executives a year of whom 120 are senior women, has published research into the issues that top females discuss through…

GMI figures show slow progress to gender diversity in the boardroom

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, companies across the globe are today still struggling to improve gender diversity at their top levels. The annual GMI Ratings 2012 Women on Boards survey, published today, has revealed that 10.5 per cent of boardroom seats worldwide are currently occupied by women, an increase of 0.7 percentage points…

A woman’s place is on the board, says South West TUC

The South West’s 1.1 million women workers are represented on the region’s new Local Economic Partnerships by just 14 women out of 74, according to research by the South West TUC. The research – 81% of LEP board members are men – is released on International Women’s Day and has prompted trade unions to call…

Lord Davies isn’t just a numbers game

Liz Field says financial sector employers realise their task is to bring about transformative change, not just an incremental increase in numbers One year on from the launch of Lord Davies’ report on diversity in the UK’s top boardrooms, the report’s author himself records “amazing” progress towards the goals he set top companies last year.…