woman and man scaling ladders with different sized rungs

24 September, 2020

Gender diversity on boards pays dividends—but inequality persists

Some of the UK’s biggest companies stand accused of failing to reach gender board diversity targets in circumstances that could seriously damage both organisational reputations, and the opportunitie...
Colleagues on laptop in light, airy office

24 August, 2020

Why is there a progress gap between FTSE gender and ethnicity targets?

This year we just reached the Hampton–Alexander Review’s target for female directors in the FTSE 350; next year, we are very much on course to badly miss the Parker Review’s target for directors...
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...
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%...
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...
boardroom meeting with diverse board members, diversity

15 October, 2019

How companies can develop more diverse boardrooms

Diversity is well-established on the boardroom agenda—but many boards are still far from diverse. The number of women on FTSE 100 boards reached 30.2% in 2018, according to the third report of th...
ICSA, Denise Wilson, gender diversity

9 July, 2019

Hampton-Alexander CEO warns of ‘challenge to shift attitudes’ on gender diversity

While the UK approach to boardroom gender diversity is “arguably” one of the most sophisticated in the world, there is still work to be done, according to the chief executive of the
women in business, gender pay gap, gender diversity, equal pay

15 January, 2019

Gender diversity on UK boards in need of a ‘step change’

November saw the release of the Hampton-Alexander Review 2018, which is a review of FTSE 350 boardrooms and senior leadership teams, by the government. This annual report keeps an eye on the UK’s la...
gender diversity, gender quotas, gender equality

31 May, 2018

FTSE 350 bosses give ‘pitiful’ excuses for failing to hit gender targets

“I don’t think women fit comfortably into the board environment” is one of the excuses given by FTSE 350 chairs and CEOs to the team behind the government’s executive gender diversity campaign...