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Board diversity

Considerations and guidance for corporate governance professionals on boardroom diversity. Board diversity is one of responsibilities of the nomination committee

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Articles and features

PRA urges boards to diversify

11 March 2020: the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has sent a letter to Solvency II insurers, large non-directive firms and capital requirement regulation firms, to stress the importance of boardroom diversity.

More to do as boards hit gender targets one year early

Despite London-listed companies hitting the one third target of women on their boards, the number of women in senior roles such as finance director remains below target, while progress on ethnic diversity is equally slow, writes Julia Root Gutteridge of the ICAEW Business Team.

Guidance and reports

Making a difference: Audit committees in central and eastern Europe

Based on in-depth interviews with audit committee members in seven CEE countries, this report draws out insights on how audit committees are working, how they are having an impact and how they view the future. It provides insights into some of the common challenges still remaining at a time when the role of audit committees is expanding, largely driven by the introduction of new statutory requirements

Growing Together: Creating a stronger profession

In uncertain times for the world economy, growing a stronger profession has seldom been more important. Our guide explores how ICAEW’s work helps the profession respond to these challenges and provides more details on a variety of areas where ICAEW is active. The full range of ICAEW’s work is covered, from efforts to address cyber security concerns to helping to design assurance services for bank capital ratios.

How diverse should boards be?

In recent years, governments, regulators and corporate governance groups around the world have been taking initiatives to increase representation of women on boards. Debate continues about the effectiveness of measures to address this and other board diversity issues. However, rather than simply reacting, what should boards themselves be doing? This paper considers the principal drivers of diversity to help boards set and assess diversity objectives to promote long-term business success.

Skills for growth

An ICAEW guide to social mobility in the chartered accountancy profession

Webinars and other recordings

7 reasons why being on a board is good for your career

This webinar is open to all and will benefit any member who is wishing to build their governance experience, regardless of gender

Worker representation on boards

Graeme Nuttall OBE (Fieldfisher), and Andrew Ninian (The Investment Association) discuss how worker representation on boards could work for business.

Widening the talent pool

Greater board effectiveness can be achieved through increased board diversity. Gain insights from FTSE100 non-executive director Rudy Markham, on the challenges for board diversity, and successful approaches to overcome them.

Bulldogs and Bloodhounds

The new Government statements advocating greater diversity on boards can focus opportunity to address not only gender, but also diversity of thought, experience and personalities. High performing board members will harness this concept in its wider sense to effectively manage and evidence their decision making.


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It's not a glass ceiling, it's a sticky floor: free yourself from the hidden behaviours sabotaging your career success

Professional advancement for women in the workplace.

Woman's place is in the boardroom, A

Details the advantages of having women on the board of directors.

Woman's place is in the boardroom, A: the roadmap

Guide to promoting women in the workplace.

Women in business: the changing face of leadership

Describes the process of increasing gender diversity in leadership positions.

Women leading

Describes the role of women in leadership positions.

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A culture of inclusion

The article discusses the role of corporate board fostering company-wide diversity and culture of inclusion. Topics discussed include increasing diversity within the membership of the boards; plans of board to bring younger directors for gender and ethnic diversity; and boards role to foster a diverse and inclusive culture throughout all levels of an organisation.

Revised Corporate Governance Code: what you need to know

The article examines whether the 2018 Corporate Governance Code of Great Britain will be able to prevent corporate failures with the introduction of changes such as the provision to encourage greater engagement of the board and the nine-year rule for directors on the company board. Topics covered include flexibility offered by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) for the enforcement of the Code, succession planning and development of a diverse board, and excessive executive pay. * For full article please contact the Library. *

Writing your board diversity policy

The article discusses the diversity in corporate boardrooms which has become one of the world's hottest governance topics. It states that companies have spent years giving lip service to the idea of broader gender, race, age in boardrooms. It also states that written board policy on diversity status, goals and benchmarks have been made in resolving the issue

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Hampton Alexander-Review

Reports of the Hampton-Alexander review into increasing the number of women in senior positions in FTSE 350 companies

Women in the boardroom: a global perpective

Sixth edition of the report by the Deloitte Global Centre for Corporate Governance, first published in 2011 and last updated in 2019, giving an overview of current initiatives around the world to increase the number of women serving on corporate boards.

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