International Women’s Day 2022 encourages us to #BreakTheBias, with this in mind we look at the gender diversity in companies, including their chairman… chairperson.
- Is there enough gender diversity in the workforce to fuel the pipeline of executives?
- What is the gender composition of chair people across the globe?
- How are you incorporating gender metrics into your workflow?
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The graph above tells a familiar story. The gender diversity at the managerial and board level is increasing, but as the level of seniority rises the percentage of female representation drops.
The hot seat
When we look at company chairperson status we find that we have more work to do to break the bias.
We took several FTSE Russell indices as a basis for simple portfolio analysis:
- FTSE 100
- FTSE Asia Pacific
- FTSE Europe
- FTSE North America
- FTSE Developed
To create the portfolios, we used the indices above as a starting universe and filtered the constituents for companies that had a female chairperson. We then compared the index against its benchmark.
The insights above use Refinitiv ESG and Directors data for a very simple analysis. The data can be used in several ways to help you assess risks and opportunities in your business and investments.