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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

Diversity in the boardroom

The FRC’s report on Board Diversity and Effectiveness in FTSE 350 Companies tries hard to read the numbers, but John Moulton concludes that diversity will not necessarily improve the bottom line

Guidance and reports

Employee engagement during Covid-19

This know-how guide outlines why appointing an employee director and directors’ use of social media have particular relevance during COVID-19. These suggestions can no longer be described as radical. Companies have shown far greater agility because much more significant changes have been made as a result of COVID-19.

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

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.

Webinars and other recordings

Women on boards - how do we reach equality?

The pandemic has pushed back gender parity across the UK FTSE 350 to 2036, with women holding just 22% of all executive committee roles. Just 15 of the top companies have female chief executives. While we’ve made some progress in recent years, what needs to change to reach true equality? ICAEW's Susanna Di Feliciantonio and Jane Berney discuss the issue with a panel of experts.

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

Diversity and governance in sport

This webinar covers the role that governance and diversity play in sport. Tom Wilson, Partner, haysmactinyre, talks about the code of sports governance, covering the basics but also discussing what some organisations are doing to improve diversity and governance at all levels. Dal Darroch, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at The FA, discusses the diversity action plan released by The FA - 'In Pursuit of Progress'.

Worker representation on boards

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

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The effective board

A chapter analysing what makes boards effective, including achieving boardroom diversity and the role of board reviews.

A job for the girls!

A chapter on the progress of women on boards, focusing in particular on how to increase the number of female chairs. 

Diversity: Making it to the top

Insights into achieving gender diversity in the boardroom, from senior women in a range of organisations and sectors. 

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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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UK failing on diversity, female financiers, reports say

Smaller companies in Britain's FTSE All-Share Index are lagging behind their larger peers when it comes to having diverse representation on their boards, according to a report by Women on Boards UK.

Women in leadership and the stewardship of power

The article explores how executives can make a meaningful difference in addressing the dearth of women in leadership. Topics discussed include barriers and challenges regarding women in leadership, how executives can leverage their stewardship of power to support women in leadership and create a culture of inclusion, and qualities of leadership that are valued and promoted.

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.

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Useful links

UK Board Index: Current board trends and practices at major UK companies

Comprehensive review of governance practice in the largest 150 companies in the FTSE rankings, published by Spencer Stuart annually indicating of the state of boardroom health during. The report places particular importance on the theme of diversity – in addition to gender and nationality, the dimensions of age and ethnicity are explored.

Diversity, equity and incusion

Survey from Deloitte's Board Practices Quarterly, exploring ways in which companies and boards have responded to these recent events involving systemic racism and racial equality, and other management- and board- focused practices pertaining to diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI).

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