Blog : BOARD TALK
|Posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM|
Ah, the absence of women. It's an ongoing theme, this invisibility cloak worn by half the world's population - at least when it comes to positions of power and influence.
Women now hold 12% of boardroom seats worldwide but a paltry 4% are in the position of chairing a board, according to Women In The Boardroom: A Global Perspective, a report by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd out today.
"Of course, in many countries, the chair is an executive position. But this absence of women among chairs is revealing. For example, Denmark has the sixth-highest number of women on its boards, yet ranks bottom - our study didn't identify a single board in Denmark that had a woman as chair. This is not the only country where this is the case" says Dan Konigsburg, Deloitte Global Managing Director of the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance.
“The global statistics mask important differences within countries. For example, Scandinavian countries have successful policies that make it easier for women to serve on boards, compared with the Asia-Pacific region which has been slow to implement such policies. So, it’s clear that more can be done. We actively encourage increased collaborative effort from organizations, governments and policy-makers; it is the only way we will begin to see results" he adds.
Australia is one to note. "There are no gender quotas in Australia for women on boards or in senior positions; however the numbers are gradually improving. The percentage of board seats held by women is currently 15% and 6 % of board chairs are women" says the report.