I wonder if every time a man on a board sees that statement he reads ‘Boardrooms need less men‘ and becomes even less inclined to take action on gender equality? Progress in this area is painfully slow, as the following shows:
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) on the latest data from Lord Davies of Abersoch on Women on Boards and the Cranfield University School of Management’s Female FTSE Board report shows females make up 20.7 per cent of board positions within the FTSE100.
Some good news I suppose in that it is up from 12.5 per cent in 2011 and 17.3 per cent in April last year. However, the target of 25 per cent by 2015 is still some way from being achieved.
Ann Francke, chief executive at the CMI, said:
“The data reveals welcome progress among leading FTSE companies in getting more women into boardroom roles.
“Those that have embraced this change are to be congratulated. But when 48 of the FTSE250 still have male-only boardrooms, it’s clear that more businesses urgently need to shake up their company cultures.”
If you’re a regular reader you’ll know my views. Legislation, in my opinion, is the only way to make this happen. And my reasons for that are here: Should We have Humans on Boards?
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Posted on April 1st, 2014 by Jane