Board Directors of Top Retail and Consumer Product Companies Globally, 2013
women consumers who are aggressively wooed by retailers
during this holiday shopping season being invited as
assiduously to the boards of companies whose success
depends on women’s purchases?Yes and No. Women
account for 18.4% of directors serving on the boards of
the world’s largest retail and consumer products
companies globally, according to the latest
Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI) report on
Women Board Directors of Top Retail and Consumer
Products Companies Globally.
This industry percentage reflects a better record of
appointing women to board directorships than the 15%
women’s representation on the boards of Fortune Global 200 companies.In addition, over a third of companies surveyed
have gone beyond tokenism and have three or more women
on their boards. However, the numbers are not where they
need to be given women’s aggregate market impact.
report, which covers 168 retail/consumer products companies with at least $1 billion in annual revenue from 26 different countries,
offers new insight into the status of women in board
rooms globally and makes a compelling argument for why
the numbers matter.
Above:40 corporate leaders gathered at the
Harvard Club of New York on November 11, 2013, to mark the release of the report and discuss its findings.
CWDI Opens Deutsche Börse in
Frankfurt - September 30, 2013
Natividad, Chair of Corporate Women Directors
International (CWDI), was joined by top German women board directors and executives
in Frankfurt on September 30 to open the Deutsche Börse.
CWDI, in partnership with Egon Zehnder International,
brought the group together to salute German women’s contributions to the country’s economy as well as the country’s commitment to increasing women’s access to corporate leadership.
“German women, whether they are CEOs, executives with multinational corporations, or entrepreneurs of businesses large or small, play a major role in the country’s economy,”
Natividad stated. “We are pleased to bring them together to salute their achievements and to discuss what more can be done to increase the number of women in leadership positions,” she added.
CWDI OPENS BURSA MALAYSIA -
KUALA LUMPUR STOCK
EXCHANGE - JUNE 5, 2013
Irene Natividad rings the bell to open the Bursa
Malaysia Stock Exchange as a kick-off to the 2013 Global
Summit of Women. Joining her are the wife of the
Prime Minister of Malaysia Datin Rosmah Mansor, Bursa
Malaysia Chairman Amat Berbahagia Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin
Haji Abdullah, and delegates to the Global Summit
of Women 2013.
CWDI OPENS SIX SWISS
EXCHANGE - MARCH 12, 2013
Photo courtesy of the Six Swiss
CWDI Chair Irene
Natividad rings the bell with 75 women business leaders in
Switzerland to mark Women's History Month and the significant
contributions of women business leaders in the Swiss economy.
This Market Open marks the 10th major stock exchange opened by
To see a video of the Market Open, click here Video Courtesy of Tages-Anzeiger
NEW CWDI PRESS RELEASE:FRANCE TOPS U.S. IN PLACING WOMEN ON CORPORATE
France has overtaken the United States’ lead role as the
country with the highest percentage of women directors
among the 200 largest companies in the world, according
to the latest Corporate Women Directors International
study of women directors.Propelled by
quota legislation passed in 2010, a quarter of directors
(25.1%) in France are now women, while the percentage in
the U.S. peaked at 20.9%.
CWDI 2013 Report: Women Board Directors in the
Fortune Global 200 and Beyond
overall percentage of women board directors in the 200
largest companies globally now stands at
15% -- an increase of only 1.2% since
the 2011 CWDI Report.
To See What Other
Stock Market Exchanges CWDI Has Opened, Click Here.
CWDI JOINS GLOBAL DATABANK OF WOMEN FOR BOARD SEATS click here to read
LATIN AMERICAN TRAILS NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, AND ASIA IN PLACING
WOMEN ON CORPORATE BOARDS
Washington, D.C.) The majority (58)
of the 100 largest companies in Latin America fail to
have a single woman on their Board of Directors,
according to Corporate Women Directors International
(CWDI), a Washington-based research group, which
released its report at BOVESPA on women directors in the
region’s largest companies.
Latin America lags behind Europe (14%),
North America (15%) and Asia (7.1%) in
appointing women to corporate boards.Women fill only 5.6% of the 1,032 board
seats on the Boards of Directors
of the 100 largest companies in the