Corporations

The largest companies in the U.S. – those with gross annual revenues of at least $20 billion – report a larger representation of women and other underrepresented groups on their boards of directors. Seventy percent have at least two women and 53 percent have two or more directors from underrepresented groups. Women managers, however, are increasingly opting out of high-end careers when companies fail to meet their professional needs and goals. Fewer than 15 percent of Fortune 500 officers and directors are women, and graduate business schools (unlike law and medical schools) have far fewer women than men applicants. NCRW is supporting efforts to make the corporate environment more welcoming and the career ladder more accessible to women and people of color.

More women in finance, a more sustainable economy

As has been pointed out with increasing frequency, a certain group think has been widely blamed for the economic crisis we find ourselves in today. Studies indicate that women are more comprehensive thinkers and less attracted to excessive risk than are their male peers.
 

URL: 
http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2009/0624/p09s02-coop.html

Shattering the Ceilings, for Good

The barriers that continue to prevent women from reaching senior leadership in critical mass in the financial services industry and more generally–negative gender stereotyping, lack of women in line positions, a narrow pipeline, lack of mentoring and promoting opportunities, work/life balance challenges, limited access to powerful professional networks– are the same ones faced over a decade ago.
 

URL: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacki-zehner/shattering-the-ceilings-f_b_219285.html

Goal of New Index Series is to Advance Gender Equality

Pax World and KLD launch an index series sponsored by the international Finance Corporation to increase gender empowerment. The objective in five indices in the IF Gender Index series is to increase interest among corporations and investors in gender empowerment.
 

URL: 
http://www.socialfunds.com/news/article.cgi/2645.html

Women Promoters Beat Big Daddies

According to a Sunday ET study, nine listed companies managed by prominent women promoters fared better than the top 30 firms listed in the Bombay Stock exchange in year-on-year growth rates for the last five years.
 

URL: 
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News-By-Company/Corporate-Trends/Women-promoters-beat-big-daddies/articleshow/4240125.cms

Planning for Tomorrow’s Boardroom: Making Room for More Women

A consistent pattern shown by these data is that larger companies are more likely than smaller companies to have one or more women on their boards of directors, a fact that has been documented by all ION members every year.
 

URL: 
http://boarddirectorsnetwork.org/docs/IonBrochure.pdf

To Make Investors Happy, Hire a Woman as CFO?

New research suggests that certain actions by companies create more shareholder value when a woman, not a man is at the finance helm.
 

URL: 
http://www.cfo.com/article.cfm/13056001/c_13090433?f=home_todayinfinance

A Business Case for Women

Companies that hire and retain more women not only are doing the right thing but can also gain a competitive edge. They can take several basic steps to achieve even greater parity.  These companies will be able to draw from a broader pool of talent in an era of talent shortages. What’s more, research shows a correlation between high numbers of female senior executives and stronger financial performance.
 

URL: 
http://www.cwf.ch/uploads/press/ABusinessCaseForWomen.pdf

Profit, Thy Name Is…Woman?

Any action that shows a consistent correlation to high profits would probably be of interest to companies struggling to swim against the tide of these perilous economic times. But one corporate policy seems to address both diversity and profitability issues in a single blow: Over the past several years, my colleagues and I at Pepperdine University have tracked the performance of Fortune 500 companies with a strong record of promoting women to the executive suite and compared their performance to that of other firms in the same industries. The correlation between high-level female executives and business success has been consistent and revealing.

URL: 
http://www.miller-mccune.com/business-economics/profit-thy-name-is-woman-3920/

2008 Catalyst Census of Women Board Directors of the Fortune 500

Overall Representation of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners Continues to Stagnate

URL: 
http://www.catalyst.org/file/241/08_census_cote_jan.pdf
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Route to the Top, 2009

What does it take for women to get on to FTSE100 boards?
 

URL: 
http://www.heidrick.com/NR/rdonlyres/3780C55E-91EF-4756-B877-8153F6D7A334/0/RouteToTheTop.pdf
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