Gender Diversity

Gender diversity on corporate boards: lessons from the consumer sector

This report is based on research I conducted in June/July 2011. I surveyed over 100 senior executives from a range of consumer sector businesses across Europe to find out their opinions about the issue of gender diversity on corporate boards.

In the report, statistical data is complemented by the views of survey respondents as well as those of four female board members from major consumer companies, interviewed as part of the project. Other statistics referenced in this report are taken from a selection of major board diversity research studies. A further reading list is including at the end of the report.

Some of the key findings from our survey include:

• 76% believed a gender diverse executive board should be an essential component of a consumer sector business;

• 74% associated gender diversity with better all round decision making at executive level;

• 92% did not support quotas as a viable solution to the gender diversity problem;

• In the main, respondents supported a mixture of flexible working, internal and external training and voluntary targets as the best way to achieve gender diversity at the executive level of their businesses. The findings are based on the personal opinions of the respondents and should serve as an independent insight into the consumer sector marketplace that can be used as a backdrop to your own assessment and future strategy planning.

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