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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

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.

How employee directors add value

In this Connect and Reflect report, ICAEW urges boards to consider the value that employee directors can bring to their organisation. The publication explains the role and responsibilities of employee directors and outlines a five-point action plan that should enable boards to take this step to improve their corporate governance.

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

Improving the ethnic diversity of UK boards

In this session David Tyler – the new Chair of the review – will present the key findings of the latest, 2022, report and explore how succession planning, talent management and other initiatives can help ensure that talented people from minority ethnic groups can have successful careers at every level in companies, up to and including in the boardroom.

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.

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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Bloomsbury Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising around 80 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Accounting and Tax Service.

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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Advancing women in leadership

An interview with Linkage CEO Jennifer McCollum, who has spent nearly three decades helping women in leadership overcome hurdles. She discusses the major obstacles that keep women from leadership roles, and how they can overcome them.

Helping women to close the influence gap: Getting your voice heard as a female leader

Female leaders across the globe are experiencing the Influence Gap and this is a systemic problem, not a problem with women. Leading UK leadership coach Carla Miller discusses the advice in her book, 'Closing the Influence Gap', a practical guide for women in leadership positions who want to be heard.

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.

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Useful links

Ethnic diversity of UK boards: the Parker review

Independent review by Sir John Parker, considering how to improve the ethnic and cultural diversity of UK boards to better reflect their employee base and the communities they serve. First published in 2017 and updated regularly since. Site includes an archive of previous reports.

The Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Centre (GLIC)

The GLIC is a research community which collaborates with industry and produces high quality research in the areas of gender, leadership and inclusion at work. The centre, which is part of Cranfield University's School of Management, is responsible for an annual benchmarking report, The Female FTSE Board Report which has been published since 1999 and includes details of the number of female directors on FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 boards. The website provides information on the work of the centre, its research projects and published research papers.

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