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More women appointed to boards

Lord Davies' newly published Women on Boards review finds that progress has been made, but challenges more firms to set out their plans to increase female representation at senior levels.

 

In the original review, published in February, Lord Davies recommended that the FTSE 100 should be aiming for a minimum of 25% female board representation by 2015 and that the FTSE 350 should be setting their own, challenging targets. He also called on chairmen to announce their goals and said companies should disclose the number of women sitting on their boards and working in an organisation.


The new figures show that:


• women make up 14.2% of FTSE 100 Directors – up from 12.55 in 2010
• women make up 8.9% of FTSE 250 Directors – up from 7.8% in 2010
• 22.5% of all board appointments since publication have been female
• there are 14 all male boards within the FTSE 100 – down from 21 in 2010.


Welcoming the report, Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged the improvements, but stressed that there was still a long way to go.


“Now more than ever, as we look to grow our economy and maintain a competitive edge over our international counterparts, it’s important we make the most of the talent and skills out there," he said. "I want more to see more companies setting out their plans for women on boards and driving this forward.”

 

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