Fawcett on Lord Davies’ Women on Boards report

Commenting on the release of Lord Davies’ final Women on Boards report, Sam Smethers Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society said:

“Whilst this report shows women in the boardroom have made real gains, recent progress has slowed and less than 10% are in executive positions. International evidence shows that the only really effective way to prevent male-dominated boards from recruiting in their own image is to use quotas. The UK is lagging behind and yet we know what would solve the problem.

“Board diversity enhances board performance. There is an overwhelmingly strong business case now, but this still requires men with power to move over. Quotas are just a mechanism, a tool to achieve the outcome we all want to see. So let’s get over it and get on with it.”

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