• Aspirational Targets and Hard Quotas

    08 Apr 2016 06:00 | by Junie Foo
     
    International Women’s Day came and went on last month. The gender diversity gap in Singapore’s corporate boardrooms is narrowing, albeit slowly, as compared with neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and India who have leapfrogged over us after setting targets and quotas for female board directors.
     
    The latest figures from the Diversity Action Committee (DAC) showed that the percentage of women on boards of SGX-listed companies has gone from 8.3 per cent in 2013 to 8.8 per cent in 2014 and 9.5 per cent in 2015. In a year where the total number of directorships declined, 30 women were appointed in 2015 and 38 per cent of them were debutante directors, compared with 32 per cent for men.
     
     
  • Bloomberg – Singapore Loses to Less Developed Peers in Board Diversity

    19 Apr 2016 |  by Jonathan Burgos
     
    Singapore, Southeast Asia’s most advanced economy, is falling behind its less developed peers when it comes to women breaking the glass ceiling at companies.
     
    The island nation is ranked near the bottom on female representation on company boards in the Asia-Pacific region, behind only South Korea and Japan, according to a Korn Ferry study of 2014 annual reports in 10 economies. Women made up 7.7 percent of the boards of the largest publicly listed companies in Singapore, 2.6 percent in South Korea and 3.3 percent in Japan, the executive search and organizational advisory firm said in a press statement.
     
     
  • Gender Equality Works!

    by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

  • Boards must mind the talent diversity gap

    12 Feb 2016 06:00 | by Max Loh
     
    To say we live in an increasingly complex world is an understatement. The challenges facing our economy and businesses are myriad. What’s certain is that no one alone will have the best answers; collective wisdom within each organisation is needed to arrive at the best solutions.
     
    A future-ready economy must be an innovation-driven one, and the same goes for businesses. If we accept the premise that innovation is essential to creating sustainable growth, and that innovation depends on harnessing talent, then it is in every company’s best interest to fully utilise and optimise talent in all its forms.
     
    And since boards are accountable for the oversight of risks, including those relating to talent management, then boards must be concerned with the talent and diversity agenda.
     
     
  • Call to step up efforts to put more women on boards

    Companies here should step up their efforts to appoint more women directors to reap the business benefits, said Madam Halimah Yacob yesterday.. 
     

The BoardAgender SG50 Champions of Change call on every corporate leader
to make the change for gender-balanced business in Singapore.