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Women on U.K. boards: A (partial) success story

Paul Hodgson | March 8, 2016

In February 2011, the 2011 Davies Report called for substantial change in the boardrooms of the United Kingdom, noting a marked absence of women in boardrooms as non-executives. And while the report did not set mandatory quotas for women on U.K. boards, it suggested that FTSE 100 companies should strive to make their boards at least 25 percent female by 2015, with the expectation that many would achieve a higher figure than that.

While that was not quite achieved at the time of the publication of the 2015 Davies Report last March, the target was, in fact, met by the end of the year. According to Elin Hurvenes, founder and chair of Professional Boards Forum: “In average...

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