When it Comes to Equality….Look at What Companies Do, Not What they Say

Male dominated silver figures As part of the promotion for my new book "Beyond the Boys' Club" I have been asked by more than one journalist to name which companies "have got it right" when it comes to equality. My answer? Look not at what companies say is their policy, but rather what they are proactively doing to retain and develop their women. And indeed it is hard to sometimes see beyond the lip service. As an article in the Observer entitled "How Can Britain Have So Few Women on its Boards?" explained: "Few companies would boast of their reluctance to promote women. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of the top 350 listed on the FTSE claim to have equal opportunities policies in place.  But in business, as in politics, it's worth paying attention to what people do, rather than what they say. Of the same FTSE 350 companies, women occupy only 232 out of 2,742 board seats. The proportion holding executive directorships is smaller still: 34 out of 970. Those figures, from new research published in the Observer today, confirm what many women in business have long suspected – the old glass ceiling is intact."

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