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Women in the boardroom
A global perspective–sixth edition
Women are still largely under-represented on corporate boards globally, and progress to change this trend continues to be slow. Our sixth 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 the perspectives of three non-executive directors from Australia, Spain, and the US into how boardroom diversity is progressing in their parts of the world.
Studies have repeatedly shown that increasing diversity is not only the right thing to do for an organization’s culture, it also leads to better business outcomes. Increased diversity leads to smarter decision-making, contributes to an organization’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 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.
Canada, United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Israel, Turkey, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand.
Missing pieces report: The 2018 board diversity census of women and minorities on Fortune 500 boards
Fortune 500 boards with over 40 percent diversity doubled since 2012
Taking the long-term view