Companies to look at the makeup of their leadership teams in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests

Investors declare “a change is gonna come” Asset owners and fund management groups are pressuring their portfolio companies to look at the makeup of their leadership teams in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests. The under-representation of non-white ethnicities in the boardroom has been a concern for investors for some time, but the […]

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UK reporting diversity

UK reporting watchdog issues diversity warning The majority of the UK’s leading companies are failing to act on boardroom ethnic diversity, a major report by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) reveals. The report, which reveals most of the FTSE 350 do not set measurable ethnicity targets, has fuelled concerns that companies will fail to meet […]

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Women on FTSE 350 boards still to hit 33% target

Board Diversity: SEC Clarifies Reg S-K Disclosures The staff of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued two new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (116.11 & 133.13) focussing on how companies should consider board diversity in their Regulation S-K disclosures. The interpretations clarify when “self-identified diversity attributes” of directors and director nominees should be disclosed in […]

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Women on FTSE 350 boards still to hit 33% target

The Hampton-Alexander Review published its third annual report on 13 November. The report found that a quarter of FTSE 350 companies have only one woman on their board, described as “one & done” boards, and there remain five all-male boards. The five companies are Millennium & Copthorne, Daejan Holdings, Amigo Holdings, Herald Investment, and JP […]

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BEIS Sign

As the UK Government moves towards more detailed legislative proposals for enhancing corporate governance, it has published a list of “some of the worst excuses for not appointing women to FTSE boards”. Around 30% of FTSE350 companies have few or no women on their boards or in senior roles. According to the research, which is being published as […]

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International Women's Day

Data released by the UK government to mark International Women’s Day this week (8th March) revealed record numbers of women are on boards of FTSE 100 companies. These figures show 309 positions – almost 29% – of FTSE100 board positions are held by women, up from 12.5% in 2011. In FTSE 350 companies, the number […]

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corporate governance codes

Paul Polman, chief executive of Unilever, Hiro Mizuno, chief investment officer of the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund and Brenda Trenowden, global Chair of the 30% Club, opened the market at the London Stock Exchange on Friday (2nd February) as part of an event to mark the growth of its investor group membership. The 30% club which […]

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Malaysia

Malaysia is close to achieving its target of getting women on the boards of all of its top 100 companies its Securities Commission (SC) has announced. When the Malaysian code on corporate governance (MCCG) was published in April last year the SC said it wanted to have no all-male boards on the top 100 companies by […]

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FTSE 100 workforce

While 64% of FTSE 100 companies provide meaningful narrative commentary on the composition of their workforce, just 4% of companies provide a breakdown of their workforce by full time and part time workers according to research carried out by Lancaster University Management School for the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA). The research also found that all […]

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FTSE 350 senior women

The UK government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review 2017, has urged FTSE 350 companies to fill more board and senior leadership positions with talented women with the hope of making the UK a world-leader on gender diversity in business. The review, which was chaired by Sir Philip Hampton and the late Dame Helen Alexander, published its recommendations last […]

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