equality boardroom Lord Davies has been a catalyst for change - but the appointment of officers are called for
Lord Davies, who earlier this year considered equal meeting room for the government, was criticized for not recommending a system of mandatory quotas to increase women's representation at the highest level. But it seems that the mere threat of Davies further action if companies fail to act in concert paid anyway.
According to analysis by the
, the largest companies in Britain have doubled the number of women who are recruiting their advice administration in the past six months.
FTSE 100 companies have appointed 18 women on their boards since Feb. 24, when Davies, said businesses within four years, one quarter of senior management must be women. The appointments of councilors represent 31% of the total made during the period, more than double the proportion observed in a previous year. Only 18 women were recruited for the level of senior management FTSE 100 throughout the year 2010 -. 13.3% of total appointments to the board
The appointments include Lucinda Bell, who became finance director of British Land in March and Lesley Knox and Helen Weir, who both joined in May brewing giant SABMiller, as non-executive directors. GlaxoSmithKline, Royal Bank of Scotland and Whitbread also each appointed two women to their boards of directors within six months.
Davies fired a warning shot of blue-chip industry in Britain in February, when she gave FTSE 100 companies six months to join a voluntary target of representation on the board of administration 25% of women and explain the measures they will take to achieve this goal.
Technically, the date falling six months due Wednesday, August 25, although Davies has given them until the end of the month to carry out their intentions. There was no specific threat to introduce a fee if he was not satisfied with the answers, but many seem to have assumed that eventually.
As the figures show, there was a big jump in the recruitment of directors and the general consensus is that this is almost entirely the report of Davies. "Things are moving forward and it's great that this is happening," says Dr. Ruth Sealy, deputy director of Women Leaders at Cranfield School of International Management is collecting and analyzing the responses of the companies named Davies to arms and publish its findings in October.
"People have certainly noticed ... and headhunters suddenly perked up, "agrees Dr Sarah Rutherford, a diversity consultant, whose book
women's work, cultures of menUntil observations of the largest companies in Britain were analyzed, it is difficult to assess the initial impact of the Davies. Wilson estimates that less than half the FTSE 100 to date have revealed their intentions, but it is difficult to be sure, as they were issued in spurts over a period of several months and are not required to submit to a particular location.
However, it considers that there are more proposals in the pipeline that should result in a wave of last minute, for example, "almost all of them to meet the deadline."
Meanwhile, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has invited comments on the regulator whether corporate governance should inject a clause designed to promote greater diversity in their code and, if Well, I should say.
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