logo irrcS&P 1500 Benchmark Analysis Finds Progress on Board Renewal, But That Investor Concerns on Tenure and Diversity Are Warranted

The intense focus that investors and others have placed on board refreshment has begun to pay off. But, structural trends and governance practices that encourage longer tenures could slow, or even reverse this progress over the next decade, according to a new study.

mercer “When Women Thrive is a call to organizations and leaders to think and act differently to advance gender diversity. It is a business imperative with deep and profound social implications — an imperative that every business leader needs to personally drive. Now is the time for us to take action.”

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A growing body of research shows that having three women on a corporate board represents a “tipping point” in terms of influence, which is reflected in financial performance. Our analysis from last year looked at a snapshot of global companies in 2015 with strong female leadership, finding that they enjoyed a Return on Equity of 10.1% per year versus 7.4% for those without such leadership

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