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Resources on diversity & boards

Putting more women on boards isn't something nice to do. There's a strong business case for more female participation starting early in the lifecycle of the companies we build.

  • Heidrick & Struggles

    Women’s share of new board appointments at Fortune 500 companies declined two percentage points to 27.3% in 2016. But in the technology sector, women accounted for 40% of the board seats filled in 2016, up about 13.5 percentage points since 2015. View the Report

  • CIBC

    Though improving substantially over time, S&P/Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) Composite members are lagging their US peers. The average S&P/TSX Composite member Board now has 19% representation of women — substantially improved from the 9% in 2010. However, this still lags the S&P 500, where the average Board has about 22% women. View the Report

  • Deloitte

    This 2016 report highlights the progress to date that has been made for women and minorities on corporate boards. While there have been some gains, they have been negligible at best, and certainly not representative of the broad demographic changes we have seen in the United States in the same period of time. View the Report

  • Spencer Stuart

    The 31st edition of this venerable publication continues the tradition of examining the latest data in board composition, board practices and director compensation among S&P 500 companies. This year's study places a particular focus on the growing interest by institutional investors in board composition and performance, highlighting trends in new director recruitment, independent board leadership, tenure and term limits, mandatory retirement, board evaluations and shareholder engagement. View the Report

  • Russell Reynolds

    Boards in 2017 will face a wide range of pressures: political uncertainty arising from the surprise Trump and Brexit victories, an increasing global convergence of corporate governance norms led by institutional investors, and greater scrutiny of a company’s strategy for long-term value creation led by institutional investors and activists. View the Report

  • Fenwick & West

    2016 continued the long-term trend in the SV 150 of increasing numbers of women directors and declining numbers of boards without women members as companies with at least one woman director went from 67.8% to 74%, with distribution ticking up. View the Report

  • MCSI

    MSCI ESG Research's research shows that companies in the MSCI World Index with strong female leadership generated a Return on Equity of 10.1% per year versus 7.4% for those without. Download the Report

  • 2020 Women on Baords Gender Diversity Index

    Of the 842 active companies tracked on the 2020 Women on Boards' Gender Diversity Index, women hold 18.8% of board seats, an increase from 17.7% in 2014 (14.6% of board seats were held by women in 2011). Companies in five sectors now have over 20% female board members: Consumer Defensive, Financial Services, Health Care, Real Estate and Utilities. Download the Report

  • Catalyst

    Companies with the most women board directors (WBD) outperform those with the least on ROS by 16 percent. Companies with sustained high representation of WBD, defined as those with three or more WBD in at least four of five years, significantly outperformed those with sustained low representation by 84 percent on ROS, by 60 percent on ROIC, and by 46 percent on ROE. Download the Report

  • McKinsey & Company

    Get moving. Evidence abounds about what works for identifying high-potential women, creating career opportunities for them, reinforcing those opportunities through senior sponsorship, and measuring and managing results. Download the Report

  • Peterson Institute for International Economics

    The Peterson Institute for International Economics survey of 21,980 publicly traded companies in 91 countries found evidence that having women on a board may help — and robust evidence that women in the C-level are associated with — higher profitability. Download the Report

  • National Center for Women & Information Technology

    Gender-balanced companies demonstrate superior team dynamics and productivity. NCWIT goes through its findings in this 2014 report of the effects of gender diversity on technology companies. Download the Report

  • State of European Tech

    2015 is a significant tipping point for a European ecosystem that feels very different to that of 2010. Our collective challenge is to ensure that we are saying the same about 2020 in another five years’ time. By setting out where we are today in an unprecedented level of detail, we hope this study also helps to show the way to what’s next. Download the Report

  • TechCrunch

    Susan Lyne and Sukhinder Cassidy Singh make the case for adding independent board members and diverse thought earlier in the lifecycle of tech companies. Learn Why

  • Broadrooms

    Broadrooms is a site for executive women in the US who have a passion for serving on boards, and for women directors who already do serve, but don’t have the time to search endlessly for the information they need and want. Research, resources and more. Learn More

  • a16z Podcast

    Andreessen Horowitz's a16z Board Matters Series podcasts feature engaging discussions about breaking into boards, how boards work, and leading boards. Featuring many members of theBoardlist's community, including Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, John China and others. Learn More

  • is committed to bringing gender parity to the highest levels of business – at the C-suite level and on boards of directors. By raising awareness about existing underlying issues and presenting facts that reinforce the argument for gender parity, is helping us all realize that equal representation is a necessity in advancing ourselves as a society. Learn More

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