In many countries, in the pursuit of boardroom diversity and organisational competitiveness gender has become a key area of focus, with some countries even applying quotas to address this issue. The potential of women as a key strategic force cannot be ignored. South African organisations have an opportunity to take the lead in improved representation of skilled women in senior leadership roles
Acknowledging and investing in women can yield a significant return—a return known as the gender dividend, a series of papers which examines successful models for investing in women. To fully capitalise on the gender dividend, countries and organisations must go beyond policies that focus on discrimination and develop solid strategies aimed at integrating women at every level.
From a corporate governance perspective, including individuals with diverse experiences and unique principles on boards of directors allows for the harnessing of strengths, which brings a more varied perspective to solving problems. Improving gender diversity will shape the perception of business from a talent and customer perspective.
Promoting and retaining females across public and private sectors can be a key to success in the transformation of organsations. One of the challenges faced by organisations is the building of suitable skills to fill the required positions.
Deloitte provides tailored training programmes specifically designed for female directors or senior executives: Click here to learn more about each course:
BPW South Africa and the dti have developed two options under the banner of Women on Boards. BPW South Africa has joined forces with Deloitte who have developed a customised, consultative approach to the development and delivery of our director & senior management development programme This includes learning needs analysis, ongoing development and quarterly updates to the applicants on topics such as accounting standards, remuneration practices, risk management, regulatory developments and changes and more.
This programme includes Certification of the enterprise. Certification as a Women Owned Enterprise (WOE) by BPW and the dti involves increasing your access to contract opportunities with corporations and governments in South Africa, as well as international opportunities.
This programme is directed at women entrepreneurs interested in growing their business as well as women employed within the corporate sector and who are representing their employer. This is also a practical programme and aims to ensure the development and growth of women in trade.
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