1. Does Board Diversity Improve Corporate Performance?

    Does Board Diversity Improve Corporate Performance?

    The push to increase the percentage of women on corporate boards is reflected in a study published Wednesday by the Alliance for Board Diversity and Deloitte. Among Fortune 500 firms, the study finds that in 2018, women held 22.5% of board positions, an increase from 20.2% in 2016. Among Fortune 100 firms, women in 2018 held 25% of board seats, up from 23% in 2016...

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    1. There's zero relationship between ... gender diversity and company performance.
    2. Personally I have very, very mixed feelings, because I am delighted to see more diversity on boards, because boards are powerful, they're opportunity, and oversight.
    3. I think there are other arguments for this policy, but if you're trying to justify this policy on the basis of this is going to improve corporate performance, the best research evidence does not suggest diversity is going to improve corporate performance.
    4. There's a bit of an acceleration in in the progress, and I do think that the outside voices that are speaking up on this topic are impacting the pace.
    5. I think what we are seeing is that there is an increasing expectation that companies will have gender diversity.
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