UK praised for gender diversity despite lagging global progress

Zero firms with all-male boards in UK

Laura Dew
Only 102 UK companies were surveyed

Only 102 UK companies were surveyed

The UK has been praised for its 'substantial proportional increase' in gender diversity in a global report by index provider MSCI, but overall progress on global female board representation has taken a step back.

The annual report Women on Boards looked at the 2,700 global companies making up its MSCI All Country World index (ACWI) as of 16 October 2018.  Out of 102 UK companies surveyed, 29.1% of directorships were held by women, up from 26.8% in 2017. There were no UK companies which had an all-male board and 71.6%, representing 73 companies, had three or more women on their board.  How improving gender equality can boost corporate performance "Among developed markets, Australia, the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, the US, Canada, and France all saw substantial proportional increases in wome...

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