Over the last few years, companies have faced increasing pressure from shareholders, governments, regulators, employees, customers, and other stakeholders to improve their records on boardroom diversity. In light of these pressures, we wanted to take a closer look at the current state of boardroom diversity and inclusion, looking at elements like gender, age, and expertise across companies located in Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia. Additionally, we took a deep-dive into the potential overboarding of directors, and which sectors lead in appointing diverse directors.
We reviewed 5,007 public companies headquartered in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (UK), United States(US), Canada, and Australia for comparison, analyzing trends from January 2019 to June 2021.
Corporate Council Business Journal, Commentary, “Global Boardroom Diversity: Trends and Updates from the Diligent Institute” by Edna Frimpong