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