non-executive directors waiting for an interview

8 July, 2020

Axa introduces 33% gender diversity target for investee companies

A reminder that despite a global pandemic other critical issues remain front of mind—among them gender diversity in the boardroom. Axa Investment Management, the €804bn French fund manager, has...
Hampton-Alexander review, gender diversity targets

25 June, 2020

Investors want gender diversity on boards—but aren’t sure about targets

A majority of the world’s institutional investors believe gender diversity on corporate boards is important. But far fewer believe prescriptive targets are the right means for achieving that diversi...
Harvey Weinstein leaves court during his trial

23 June, 2020

Investors use securities law to sue over sexual misconduct

The #MeToo movement, trigged by revelations in 2017 about film director Harvey Weinstein, has quietly opened a second front in the campaign to end sexual harassment in the workplace. While much att...
Team working from home due to Covid-19

28 May, 2020

How will Covid-19 impact diversity in UK business?

Most now agree that we will be entering a "new normal" as we move out of the acute phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. For corporate UK, that may mean pivoted business models being made (semi) permanent a...
covid-19 leadership flattening the curve

26 May, 2020

What Covid-19 data can—and can’t—tell us about leadership

By now you will have seen, perhaps on a daily basis, statistics and charts tracing the state of the Covid-19 outbreak. Confirmed cases, recovered cases, active cases, deaths, the infection curve… th...
Parker Review, diverse boardrooms

19 May, 2020

McKinsey diversity report highlights growing performance risk

There is a stark warning in the McKinsey report on diversity in business. Those companies that are the least gender diverse are 19% more likely to underperform on profitability. That’s up on the 15%...
CEO looking out of office window

20 March, 2020

Putting more women at the helm of corporate boards

Since 2010, we have witnessed a sharp rise in the number of female directors in many developed economies. Yet the number of female board chairs has remained very low. Even in Sweden, which leads the w...
boardroom, board executives

2 March, 2020

FTSE firms given written warning over gender diversity

Almost a fifth of FTSE 350 companies begin work this week wondering how they will address a lack of gender diversity on their boards and in their senior management.
Hampton-Alexander review, gender diversity targets

10 February, 2020

FTSE 100 hits target on female board directors—but challenges remain

The drive to increase the number of women in boardrooms may have reached a milestone of success, but companies have also been warned that the latest research has found a “concerning lack” of women...
#metoo, sexual misconduct

3 February, 2020

How does your board deal with sexual misconduct?

2017 is considered the inflection point of the #MeToo movement, with revelation after revelation of serial sexual misconduct and multi-million dollar hush money settlements approved by management—an...