Toward gender parity

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Toward gender parity

Women On Boards initiative

This research, undertaken by Deloitte on behalf of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, is one of a suite of Women on Boards initiatives aimed at helping Queensland boards increase the representation of women.

Around the world, interest in the representation of women on boards is at an all-time high. And Queensland is no exception.

Despite the positive changes to women’s status and roles made over the past century, gender inequality persists in our community. This includes women’s representation in senior leadership positions, such as boards. However, the case for change is as much about improving business performance as it is about gender equality. Put simply, boards perform better when they include the best people with a diverse range of perspectives and approaches within an inclusive culture.

It is this insight that led the Queensland Government to set a target of 50 percent representation of women on government boards by 2020.

It is a bold and ambitious target. But it is one with merit, as the research undertaken for the Toward Gender Parity: Women On Boards Initiative clearly demonstrates.

This research, undertaken by Deloitte on behalf of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, is one of a suite of Women on Boards initiatives aimed at helping Queensland boards increase the representation of women. For more information go to: www.qld.gov.au/womenonboards

In short, the research shows that the case for change in Queensland is strong. The economic modelling by Deloitte Access Economics reveals that gender parity on Queensland boards will deliver $87 million in productivity gains without any additional workers or hours worked.

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