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CWDI 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, 2013CWDI 2013: 18.4% women on retail boards

Are 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.

The 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

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Irene Natividad USA Today
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)

 

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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

frankfurt market openIrene 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, please click here for a photo slideshow and press release.

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Photo credit: Andre Langer, Deutsche Börse
CWDI OPENS BURSA MALAYSIA - KUALA LUMPUR STOCK EXCHANGE - JUNE 5, 2013

CWDI Chair 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 (ZURICH) STOCK EXCHANGE - MARCH 12, 2013


Photo courtesy of the Six Swiss Exchange
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 CWDI.

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 BOARDS
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


The 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.

Click here for more key findings from the CWDI 2013 report
CWDI OPENS HONG KONG STOCK EXCHANGE - NOVEMBER 7TH, 2012


Irene Natividad on CNBC's "Straight Talk" with Bernie Lo during the Hong Kong Market Open





Hong Kong Market Open 2012 from Irene Natividad on Vimeo.

Video of CWDI and Global Summit of Women President, Irene Natividad, opening the Hong Kong stock exchange

For a slideshow and more photos click here



To See What Other Stock Market Exchanges CWDI Has Opened,
Click Here.


CWDI PRESS RELEASE: CWDI JOINS GLOBAL DATABANK OF WOMEN FOR BOARD SEATS
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CWDI RESEARCH: 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.
 

To View Charts on Percentage of Women Board Directors in Latin America and Which Countries Do Best, Click Here

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 region.

 

For More Latin America Key Findings, Click Here



       

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CWDI NEWS
Quota Strategy for Women Directors:

To see a global overview chart of countries' legislative strategies
click here

UAE: Newest country to introduce quotas!
CWDI Report Findings

Top Retail and Consumer Product Corporations Globally (2013)  Fortune Global 200 and Beyond (2013)
Latin America (2012) Banks (2012)
Global (2011) Women CEOs (2011) Accelerating Board Diversity (2010) Global (2010) Banks (2010) Japan (2009)
Impact of Female CEOs (2008) Global (2007) Healthcare (2006) Latin Trade (2005) Global (2004) California (2004)
Spain (2002) Texas (USA, 2002) South Africa (2000) Australia (1999) Canada (1998) Japan (1998)

Click on box for summary of findings







 
Comparative Percentages of Women Directors

Did You Know ..


..the percentage of women board directors of South African companies is higher than US companies? 

..a few Middle Eastern countries outpace some Asian economies such as Japan and South Korea in appointing women to boards of directors? 

To see a comparative percentage of women directors in 56 countries,
click here.
 
 

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