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Evidence of the links between returns on investment and companies’ CSR/ESG efforts is mounting exponentially, and it’s now clear: ESG is no longer just a fad. We’ve seen increasing research that outlines asset managers’ expectations of issuers, as well as data demonstrating the effectiveness of a robust CSR program and its positive impact on consumers, investors and other constituencies.

SSRN radius1The push for gender diversity on public companies’ boards has been gaining traction. Advocacy groups, institutional investors, regulators and companies themselves have all recognized the need for more diverse boards. However, gender parity is still absent from most public companies’ boards, and a significant number of companies still have no women on their boards.

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Wherefore Diversity?

Board diversity has become a key priority for some of the largest investors in the world, since it serves as a measure of a board's openness and inclusiveness. Ultimately, boards and investors want to make sure that that the board nomination process is robust, and takes into account the most qualified candidates representing the market that

...we find that banks with more gender diversity on their board perform better once the composition of these boards reaches a critical level of gender diversity, corresponding to a board female share of around 13-17 percent.

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