Research shows that FTSE SMC/AIM firms lag behind the FTSE 350 on boardroom diversity. Yet biggest does not need to be best in this field.
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Company Matters’ report, released this week, into diversity on FTSE SmallCap (SMC) and AIM listed company boards shows a familiar picture. Compellingly summarised in its own title Boardroom Inertia?, it identifies some progress made—but glacially slow in nature.
For me, the comparison made between the FTSE SMC/AIM and the FTSE 350 is an interesting one to consider. The data shared by Company Matters shows that on most metrics the FTSE SMC/AIM companies lag behind the FTSE 350. The report identifies 16% all-male boards, compared with less than 1% in the FTSE 350 (two companies)*. The gap on ethnicity is even more stark—poor performanc
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