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A few Gingers and some spice – key ingredients for improving corporate governance and company performance

A few Gingers and some spice – key ingredients for improving corporate governance and company performance

07-03-2019 | Article

Despite increased public awareness, a rich pool of qualified candidates, and an abundance of research linking gender diversity with better performance, women are still under-represented on corporate boards and in senior management. We examine why diversity is so important for company leadership, why ratios are not rising as quickly as they should, and how solutions like gender lens investing (GLI) can promote gender equality in business.

  • A growing body of academic and industry research supports gender diversity as at least one key ingredient to create effective boards.
  • Academic and industry research shows positive correlations between important company valuation metrics like profitability and lower volatility and female representation at the board and management levels.
  • Gender lens investing is a viable approach that uses the equity/capital markets as a tool to enhance gender equality and diversity in society.
  • It is RobecoSAM’s conviction that gender equality is an indication of a well-managed company that is fully utilizing its talent and human assets to make better decisions that lead to better results.
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