Tag Archive | "Quotas"

Women onto Boards not the answer to gender balance… but I plan to put the question at NAB AGM anyway!

Dianne Jacobs posed an interesting question on the sphinxx LinkedIn group this week: Should The Focus Be ‘Women Onto Boards’ Or ‘Women In Executive Ranks’?  Dianne’s question is off the back of a recent claimthat since Norway introduced quotas in 2004, there has been almost no increase in the number of women in senior line-management positions. My opinion is […]

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Leading directors and commentators put quotas firmly back on the agenda – changing attitudes of men and women force a rethink on quotas

Two weeks ago the Australian Institute of Company Directors issued a press release talking up the effectiveness of initiatives implemented by it, the ASX and other organizations in breaking down the gender equity divide. So far in 2010, 51 women have been appointed to ASX 200 boards, compared to only 10 in 2009 and the proportion of […]

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Quotas for female politicians in Canada? Not if this journo has her way…

Off the back of news this week that the former prime minister of Canada, Kim Campbell has she wants gender parity in Canadian politics comes another wave of rationale for why we don’t need quotas for women.  According to Campbell, sex is “the fundamental category where parity ought to be assured” and her plan is […]

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Westpac follows Comm bank lead in introducing 40 per cent target for women in top leadership roles

At an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce gathering in Sydney this week Westpac Chief Gail Kelly announced a new target to lift female representation in the Bank’s top 10% leadership ranks from the 33% of present to 40% by 2014.  Speaking at the same event, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and prominant board director Catherine Livingstone also […]

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True believers? Two of Australia’s leading CEOs send conflicting messages about the strategic priority of gender equality

I’ve been pondering this week just how important gender equality in leadership is to the business community in Australia?  With the release of the 2010 Census of Women in Leadership (showing we’ve made almost no progress since reporting began in 2002), and ongoing attention around the ASX gender reporting guidelines, the consistent message from corporate […]

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Why targets won’t get more women into our top jobs – have your say

Quotas or targets?  This question dominated last week’s Diversity on Boards conference as speakers and participants grappled with how to improve gender diversity in Australia’s boardrooms. As the 2-day event kicked off, it seemed that quotas were the odds on favorite: Arni Hole, the director-general of Norway’s Ministry for Children and Equality spoke about the […]

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