Perspectives on Board Diversity

The Conference Board of Canada, 25 pages, September 22, 2014
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Board diversity is a hot topic. This report explores possible solutions to the fact that women are still underrepresented on Canadian boards of directors.

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Despite evidence that gender-diverse boards demonstrate stronger relative performance, women remain underrepresented on boards of directors in Canada. The Conference Board of Canada, working with the Canadian Board Diversity Council, concluded that at the current rate of progress, women would not reach proportional general representation on FP500 boards before the turn of the next century!

Each chapter of Perspectives on Board Diversity is written by leading researchers in the areas of governance and diversity. Each addresses a specific question on this contemporary topic and suggests practices to encourage effective gender and board diversity in Canada. The pros and cons of a quota or “comply or explain” regime are also discussed.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—The Importance of Defining Diversity

Chapter 2—Why Don’t We Have More Diversity on Boards, Given the Business Case Facts?

Chapter 3—How Should the Issue of Inadequate Gender Balance and Diversity on Boards Be Addressed?

Chapter 4—Can Organization-Specific Diversity Targets Work?

Chapter 5—Much Has Been Written and Said About Quotas: Why Is There Such Resistance to Quotas?

Chapter 6—In Summary

Appendix A—Bibliography

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