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Women in the boardroom: Slow progress continues

A global and a Swiss perspective - 6th edition

Women are still largely under-represented on corporate boards globally and in Switzerland, and progress to change this trend continues to be slow.

Our 6th edition of our Women in the Boardroom report outlines efforts and progress made in over 60 countries to increase the number of women occupying board seats. The report also features how boardroom diversity is progressing in Switzerland.

Studies have repeatedly shown that increasing diversity is not only the right thing to do for an organisation’s culture, it also leads to better business outcomes. Increased diversity leads to smarter decision-making, contributes to an organisation’s bottom line, and powers innovation, among other benefits.

Deloitte’s Women in the Boardroom report shares the latest statistics on global boardroom diversity, exploring the efforts of 66 countries to increase gender diversity in their boardrooms and features insights on the political, social, and legislative trends behind the numbers.

Women in the boardroom: A global perspective

The discussions aimed at increasing gender diversity continue to gain momentum in Switzerland. Diversity has become an essential area of focus for Swiss corporates; the percentage of women on boards has increased from 14.8 to 18.4 percent since the last publication.

Liza Engel, Chief People Officer

Key Swiss findings:

  • Women hold 18.4 percent of board seats worldwide, a 3.6 percent point increase from our previous edition.
  • In 2019 women hold 2.7 percent of board chair positions and 2.0 percent of CEO roles (compared to 1.6 and 2.9 percent respectively in 2016) in Switzerland.
  • Women hold 5.6 percent of CFO roles in Switzerland – nearly three times that of CEO positions.

Key global findings:

  • Women hold 16.9 percent of board seats worldwide, a 1.9 percent increase from our previous edition.
  • Women hold only 5.3 percent of board chair positions and 4.4 percent of CEO roles globally.
  • Women hold 12.7 percent of CFO roles globally – nearly three times that of CEO positions.

 

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