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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.

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

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.

eBooks

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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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