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UK Business And Investment Launch Project To Get Stakeholder Voices Heard In The Boardroom

Posted on January 13, 2017 at 11:20 AM

This looks interesting:  UK business and investment governance leaders are launching a joint project to ensure UK PLC boards understand the views of their employees and other stakeholders and - with luck - then factor them into their decision making.

 


A joint project by ICSA: The Governance Institute and the Investment Association aims...

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CBI Backs Review's Call To Increase Ethnic Representation On UK Boards

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 10:50 AM

It should not have taken this long, and it did not really need yet another piece of research to establish that ethnic diversity across UK boardrooms is "disproportionately low."


But this time it is a government-backed review, led by Sir John Parker, and it has immediately been backed by Britain's powerful business lobby group, the Con...

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BAME: 'Underrepresented At Every Level In UK Education Sector'

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 12:15 PM

It's a vicious circle. The lack of representation of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) faces at the top of Britain's powerful elites needs to be addressed on all levels, with urgency.


Education provides a very visible pipeline.


The UK's ethnic minority student population has been rising over the past decade. This population as a whole (not just students) is predicted to more than double by the year 2051 to between 20-30% of total population. But t...

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UK Boardrooms: Far More International Than S&P 500

Posted on October 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Amid all the talk of things we need to fix when it comes to corporate governance and UK plc boardrooms, there are some things for which we can be grateful. This is one of them: the international nature of non-executive directors in the FTSE 350 - particularly when compared to the S&P 500.


Egon Zehnder, the global executive search firm, has been tracking the global capabilities of boards in a systematic way since 20...

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Diversity In Our Boardrooms: There's More To It Than Sex

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Guest blog: Patrick Dunne


Patrick is Chair of D30, a smart materials business, a member of the General Council of The University of Warwick, Chair of Leap Confronting Conflict and the EY Foundation and founder of Boardelta: a consultancy focussed on improving board effectiveness.

"It is absolutely right that gender diversity on boards has had a lot of attention. There may be a long wa...

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For Diversity Look Beyond What You See

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 3:10 AM

In the last three years - since Lord Davies of Abersoch launched his review on the underrepresenation of women in the UK's plc boardrooms - I have been to more awards ceremonies in the UK than I would have thought possible. The vast majority of them have focused on showcasing women in different sectors.


As a result I have met people I would never have come across otherwise as a journalist. Some of them have then ended up profiled in the pages of the Financial Times: not alwa...

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Shareholders Upset About Lack of Gender #Diversity? Yes !

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Are investors in UK plc still waiting for permission to speak out on gender diversity in the boardroom?


To be fair, there have been a few ructions - and a lot of cheerleading by the UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable, but even so - it feels as if it is a potentially dangerous ie slightly 'taboo' subject.


Enough noise was made about 'all-male' boards to shame FTSE100 mining company 

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Let's Make The 'Invisible' More Visible For Our Boardrooms

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Since I first launched this blog in February 2011 (around the time that Lord Davies launched his review on the under-representation of women in the UK's boardrooms) I like to think it has championed the need for true diversity in the UK's boardrooms for better corporate governance and better business. 


Before the Davies Review - In late 2010 - I spoke to many women for a series of features for the FT Non-Executive Director Club website. These were aspirant non-executive...

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'Collaborative Intelligence For The Common Good'

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in an address to the General Synod in London taking place against the background debate on the introduction of female bishops, called on them to abandon old fears, suspicions and prejudices.


Tonight,

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'Positive discrimination' for UK plc boardrooms

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Oh, to be a paid lobbyist. If you are merely an opinionated campaigner using social media - well, you just don't know who saw it on Twitter and who didn't - so if important- and urgent - you find the time and another way to say it.


If interested in the diversity/women in the boardroom debate, have a listen of the recent BBC programme 'Any Questions?'


Two people caught my attention -

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