This summary is provided by the IPR Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion based on the original study by the Diligent Institute

Diligent Institute investigated female board leadership and the experiences of these women on a board.

Data from the Human Resources Governance Leaders (HRGL) was reviewed for 5,482 public companies from Dec. 31, 2021 — Jan. 31, 2022.

Key findings include:

  • Women occupy 26% of board seats globally.
    • Average female representation in boardrooms in continental Europe still lags behind the quota (33%) proposed by the European Commission.
  • Boards may be tapping the same small group of women for board seats.
    • 52% of women hold more than one listed board position, compared to only 36% of men.
  • Women’s overall participation in committees has improved by 3 percentage points, from 27% to 30% since 2021.
  • Female directors bring diverse skill sets to the table.
    • For example, female directors are twice as likely to have sustainability experience compared to their male counterparts.
  • Female directors are likely to be more independent.
    • The average independence level among female directors is 84%, compared to 59% of male directors.

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Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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