Women in the boardroom

7th edition

The underrepresentation of women on boards remains a key area of focus for organisations globally, but overall progress remains slow - and for women in leadership positions, even slower.

Progress inches forward at a snail’s pace

This seventh edition of the Deloitte Global Boardroom Program’s Women in the Boardroom report shows progress toward increasing the number of women on corporate boards, albeit slow progress. 

Women are half the world, and women make up half of our talent pool in Denmark. We still have a task ahead of us to increase the proportion of women in the private sector, especially in management and on boards in Denmark.
Camilla Kruse, People and Purpose leader, Executive board member, Deloitte Denmark

Highlights from the report

  • The 2022 report reveals a disconnect between gender progress on boards and in the executive suite; only 6.7% of board chairs are women, with even fewer women holding the CEO role, at just 5%.
  • The worldwide average of women on boards now sits at 19.7%, an increase of just 2.8 percentage points since our last report, published in 2019. If this rate of change were to continue every two years, we could expect to reach a level approaching parity in 2045.
  • Companies with women CEOs have significantly more balanced boards than those led by men - 33.5% women vs. 19.4%, respectively.

Danish results

Women in the boardroom

Women in the boardroom

Stretch factor: The higher the stretch factor, the greater the number of board seats occupied by the same female/male director in a given country. A stretch factor of 1 indicates that all board seats in a given sample are held by different women/men.

Women in the boardroom
Women in the boardroom

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