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FEMALE REPRESENTATION ON BOARDS DOUBLES IN FOUR YEARS

New figures (25.3.15) show almost a quarter of all FTSE 100 board positions are now held by women. Female representation has almost doubled in the last four years to 23.5 per cent. At the same time, The Great Business Debate is examining the relationship between diversity and trust-in-business.

The latest annual report from Lord Davies of Abersoch comes four years after his original 2011 report on the issue which set a target of 25 per cent to be achieved by 2015. His report is published alongside the Cranfield University School of Management’s Female FTSE Board report.

Media coverage (25.3.15) includes,

“ businesses must now continue to work on building the talent pipeline by supporting more women to take on management roles and helping mothers return to work ”

BBC Online

Financial Times £

Guardian

Katja Hall, CBI Deputy-Director General, said:

These figures show that Lord Davies’ voluntary approach to increasing diversity in business is working – almost a quarter of positions on FTSE 100 boards being held by women represents significant progress.

To keep up momentum businesses must now continue to work on building the talent pipeline by supporting more women to take on management roles and helping mothers return to work.

The Government must allow businesses to take the lead in this agenda, but it can also do more to help by extending free childcare, tackling occuptional stereotypes in schools and promoting the benefits of flexible working.”

The CBI’s report, A Better Off Britain calls on the Government to close the gap between free provision of childcare and statutory maternity pay by offering 15 hours of free childcare to all children aged one and two and by extending statutory maternity pay from 39–52 weeks.

Meanwhile, also in the Guardian, Jane Dudman, Editor of the newspaper’s Public Leaders Network, writes that a number of influential posts in the UK have yet to be held by a woman.

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