New targets for gender parity set as female board members hits 39%

50 largest private firms in scope

Kathleen Gallagher
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Women filled only 31.5% of FTSE350 leadership roles last year,
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Women filled only 31.5% of FTSE350 leadership roles last year,

Female representation on boards has risen to 39.1% across the FTSE 100 as large private companies are asked to match their listed peers on gender parity, following the release of the FTSE Women Leaders Review.

The review, which is a successor to the Hampton Alexander equality review, sets out four recommendations. These include a voluntary target for FTSE350 companies to increase women's representation to at least 40% on both boards and leadership teams by 2025. It also suggests FTSE350 companies have a woman as either board chair, senior independent director, chief executive or finance director. These targets will also apply to the largest 50 private companies in the UK by sales. Neurodiversity: Taking control and winning the middle ground The report found that female represen...

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