Taking a tougher line on female board representation

Gender diversity benefits profitability

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Therese Kieve of  Sarasin & Partners
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Therese Kieve of Sarasin & Partners

Covid-19 has exacerbated existing societal inequalities. Women have been particularly affected by the pandemic, as they make up the majority of the service industry and tend to take on more childcare.

However, pressing for increased female representation in the workplace is not just the right thing to do, it makes financial sense. Research from McKinsey indicates companies with the most gender diverse executive teams are 25% more likely to have above-average profitability than groups with the least gender diverse leadership. The impact of engagement At the board level, greater diversity has also been shown to enhance shareholder returns through better decision making, as a diverse board is more likely to consider potential challenges from a range of perspectives and avoid herd-li...

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