Releases 2015 Report on Women Directors of 100
Largest Latin American Companies
Latin America Trails North
America, Europe, and Asia in Placing Women on Corporate
half (47) 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 the 2015 Global Summit of Women
in Sao Paolo, on women directors in the region’s largest
In all, women account
for only 6.4%
of directors serving on the boards of the 100 largest
companies in the region, placing Latin
America well behind North America (19.2%), Europe (20%),
and the Asia-Pacific region where women occupy 9.4% of
board seats. “While
there is global momentum – largely driven by Europe --
to increase the presence of women board directors
globally, Latin American companies are being left behind
in moving women to senior leadership roles,” states
Irene Natividad, CWDI Chair.
reasons for the low percentage of women board directors
in the region are not difficult to see, since there are
still so few women CEOs and senior executives in the
pipeline from which board directors are normally drawn.”
Findings, Click Here.
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Releases 2015 Report on Women Directors of Fortune
Global 200: 2004-2014
Europe Dominates in Naming Women to Corporate Boards; US
Continues to Lag Behind
countries now have 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.
aggressive initiatives to increase the number of women
board directors, 23.5% of directors in Europe’s largest
companies are now women, while the percentage in the
U.S. peaked at 22.4% women directors of companies among
the Fortune Global 200.
An impetus behind the increases in European countries is
government quotas, which require 30-40% of board seats
to be allocated for women.
Germany is the latest to adopt a 30% quota for
women directors in 2015, an initiative begun by Norway,
which paved the way by successfully reaching its 40%
mandate for women on boards in 2008.
They have now been joined by Spain, the
Netherlands, Iceland, Italy, Belgium and Denmark.
Findings, Click Here.
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Report, Click Here.
|CWDI Opens ASX in
Sydney- September 10, 2014
Over 50 women board directors and
executives including Australia's Sex Discrimination
Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick, joined CWDI Chair
Irene Natividad in opening the Australian Securities
Exchange on September 10th. The event saluted the
achievements of women business leaders in Australia as
well as the efforts by the ASX to increase the number of
women board directors in the country.
The ringing of the bell was
followed by a Discussion Forum on Board Diversity, with
Natividad sharing CWDI research on
successful strategies for
increasing the number of women on corporate boards in
different countries. CWDI also presented its Corporate
Champion Award to ASX chair Rick Holliday-Smith for
the Exchange's efforts to accelerate board diversity.
|CWDI Opens Euronext in
Paris - June 4, 2014
Women board directors and executives, many from leading
CAC40 companies, joined Minister of Women, Cities, Youth,
and Sports Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Senator Joelle
Garriaud-Maylam in opening the Euronext Stock Exchange
in Paris on June 4. The
Market Open kicked off the annual Global Summit of Women,
hosted by France for the first time and opening June 5th
with over 1,200 women business and government leaders
from 82 countries in Paris.
Convened by Corporate Women Directors International
(CWDI), the Paris Bourse Market Open marks French women’s
contributions to the country’s economy and France’s
progress in implementing its quota law.
“France is a model for accelerating gender
diversity on company Boards of Directors,” states CWDI
Chair Irene Natividad. “We applaud the advances
companies have made in increasing the number of women on
boards and encourage more countries to follow their lead
in bringing a more diverse set of voices to the
Releases 2013 Report on Women Directors of Top Retail
and Consumer Product Companies Globally
Women’s Buying Power Impact on Boards of Retail/Consumer Goods Companies
- November 11, 2013
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 moved 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.
For Key Findings from the
2013 CWDI Report on Women Directors of Top Retail and
Consumer Product Companies Globally, please click here
To Order the Report, Click Here
Women's buying clout needed
in boardrooms: Column
So why aren't more of them
on corporate boards of retail and consumer companies?
Click to read the USA Today
Op-Ed by CWDI Chair Irene Natividad
(November 12, 2013)
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.
For more on the Frankfurt event, the 12th Market Open organized by CWDI,
click here for a photo
slideshow and press release.
Photo credit: Andre Langer, Deutsche Börse
|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
CWDI Report Findings
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Comparative Percentages of Women
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