Women in the boardroom - 6th edition

A global perspective


The Deloitte Global Center for Corporate Governance is pleased to publish this sixth edition of Women in the Boardroom. Among the largest research initiatives of its kind, this report throws into sharp relief the progress and lack of progress countries are making to increase diversity of their boardrooms, and particularly the number of women serving on boards and their committees.

A strong representation of women in the boardroom has a trickle-down effect in breaking down stereotypes. It encourages girls to pursue careers in business, science, technology, engineering, and math, and its helps narrow the wage gap between genders. These are important steps in achieving greater economic opportunity for women and more inclusive societies.

We asked Deloitte partners to provide some thoughts on the dynamic political, social, and legislative environment behind the numbers in each country we investigated. In some cases, our partners report real momentum, or they see signs of a pending breakthrough. In others, there is little motivation to change the status quo. We also invited three prominent women, all directors, to provide their insights into the debate on boardroom diversity in Australasia, Europe, and the United States.

This edition expands the number of countries covered to 66, up from 64 in 2016. It reflects our continued belief, born from daily experience working with companies around the world, that more diverse boards are better boards. We invite you to dive in, learn a thing or two, be discouraged and encouraged, and join with us in advocating for more dramatic change.

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