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Volume 2 - No. 3-  2014



"I can't be a rose in any man's lapel" - Margaret Trudeau


Women for Boards - too little too late?

When Dr Sarah Dixon, in 2011, wrote her blog on quotas to get women on boards, it was in the shade of the Davies Report on gender diversity on corporate boards, with the figure at that time being around 12.5% occupied by women, and setting a target of achieving 25% in 2015.

Now, more than three years on, with the target year approaching, and a third report having been produced by Lord Davies, what has been the experience gained, what is the report's prediction for the likelihood of the target figure being attained, what are the expectations and conclusions derived from the three years activity, and how far have Sarah Dixon's hopes been met?

Lord Davies's own concerns are clearly visible In a reference to companies who have not yet engaged with the issue: "If you are a CEO and you don't have gender diversity or diversity in general as a top issue then you've been asleep at the wheel for the last few years."

We repeat Dr Dixon's blog as well as the foreword to Lord Davies's report.  These are presented as a preface to editorial comments, opinions from some of our regular contributors, and statements culled from various internet reports.

Our hope is that some of our readers will provide their own views, either in the form of Letters to the Editor, or as articles, to appear in the Winter 2014 issue.