Deloitte launches "Women in the boardroom: Global perspective" report
New York, 24 January 2011–While fulfilling increased regulatory requirements continues to preoccupy corporate boardrooms, the ongoing disparity between the relative proportion of female and male board members is also a rising concern—for organizations as well as legislators. In dealing with the issue, a number of countries around the world have introduced legislation, or are in various stages of talking about doing so, to require quotas—or minimum numbers of women—to serve on publicly listed companies’ boards of directors.
A new Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) report from the Deloitte Global Center for Corporate Governance, "Women in the boardroom: A global perspective," examines the legislative efforts in this area across 12* countries and compares the current percentage of women on boards around the world.
“From a corporate governance perspective, including more individuals with different backgrounds on boards of directors could improve boards’ performance,” said Dan Konigsburg, Leader, Deloitte Global Center for Corporate Governance, DTTL. “In this context, the specific question of quotas for women on boards has arisen over the past few years. With this report, we aim to shed light on the state of play in regulation of quotas for women on corporate boards worldwide. Our goal is to follow these developments in the coming months and years to further our understanding of leading practices.”
To make sense of the myriad viewpoints on how organizations can encourage more points of view in the boardroom, the Deloitte Global Center for Corporate Governance report incorporates unique views from three prominent directors from around the world. Each director shares her thoughts on best practices for increasing boardroom diversity as well as the effectiveness of quotas.
Highlights from their comments include:
Download and view the full report (PDF) on the Center for Corporate Governance site.
*Countries profiled: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
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