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New study: Progress and challenges for women on company boards

From European Women on Boards: "Brussels, 27 April 2016 – European Women on Boards ( EWoB) has today published a major new report which examines the progress that women are making on the Boards of the 600 largest European-listed companies.

This comprehensive new study, undertaken in association with ISS, examines how gender diversity in European boardrooms has evolved over the last five years. Across Europe as a whole, it finds evidence of improvement in some areas, and challenges in others.

“Greater gender balance on Boards leads to more successful companies”

EWoB is delighted to announce the publication of ‘Realizing Europe’s Potential: Progress and Challenges’. This timely study highlights trends occurring at the company, country, and sector levels in respect of the involvement of women in European boardrooms.

A significant role for women in leadership positions is of crucial importance to the future of Europe’s economy. An abundance of evidence shows that balanced and diverse Boards are associated with increased innovation, competitiveness, sustainable growth and a more prosperous society.

The landmark study explores a wide range of data relating to the participation of women in European leadership positions, including their remuneration relative to their male counterparts. In addition, it provides a valuable overview of European regulatory frameworks (e.g. relating to quotas and targets for women on boards) which have played a significant role over the last few years."

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