Lord Davies has developed a business strategy on behalf of government to increase the number of women on boards of listed companies in the UK. He reported to the Business Minister, Edward Davey and the Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone. Opporunity Now was asked to contribute to the review and viewed this as the ideal opportunity to profile the work that is being undertaken on gender diversity in the workplace by our members. Feedback from the following members was included:
Bupa, Deutsche Bank, Enterprise Rent A Car, First Group, Guardian Media Group, Michael Page International, National Grid, Office Angels, Pearson, Santander, Vodafone, WPP
Opportunity Now believes that it is essential to have more women appointed to the board of public bodies. Our strong view is that leadership teams which bring a diversity of skills, talents and experiences enrich decision-making, enhance innovation, help develop rounded policy making and enhance effective service delivery. In addition to working directly with government departments to assist them in diversifying their public appointments processes, we have also worked extensively to increase the number of women on the boards of UK listed companies, and support and champion the goals based approach outlined in the Lord Davies report on Women on Boards.
Opportunity Now believes that the UK cannot risk wasting the talents of another generation of women and leaving the boardrooms of UK organisations without the diversity of skills, talents and experiences that will enrich decision making, enhance innovation and make us more competitive in the future.