Management and Governance

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2015 Catalyst Census: Women and Men Board Directors

Catalyst; 2016

Analysis of board seats by gender in S&P 500 companies.
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A CEO's Guide to Gender Equality

McKinsey & Company

An executive briefing from McKinsey & Company. This CEO's guide synthesizes multiple sources to make quick sense of a complex issue.
view web, Added 9/21/2016

Best Practice: Symantec Corporation

Transforming to Protect the Future 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report

Symantech's 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report addresses information security for its employees, clientele, and the world, along with the diversity and inclusion policies of the company.
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Changing Companies' Minds About Women

Barsh, Joanna & Yee, Lareina; McKinsey&Company; September 2011.

Leaders who are serious about getting more women into senior management need a hard-edged approach to overcome the invisible barriers holding them back. Change starts at the top, so if a company is going to increase its diversity, senior executives need to be personally committed. They should make sure enough women are being considered for advancement, to boost the odds that some will get through. Companies should collect data on diversity at all levels to create transparency and challenge entrenched mind-sets. Finally, companies need to provide effective sponsorship for women, through ongoing and in-the-moment support.
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Companies Leading the Way: Putting the Principles into Practice

UN Women, United Nations Global Compact, November 2015

This guide contains a sampling of over 100 good practices gathered from online searches or submitted by UN Global Compact participants in response to our call to share actions and initiatives that their companies are undertaking to empower and advance women. The actions and policies adopted by these companies demonstrate the abundance of ways that business can contribute to the advancement of women's empowerment around the world. The practices are accompanied by an index that matches each one to the specific United Nations Women's Empowerment Principle(s) that it addresses and/or supports. The examples hail from companies representing a broad range of sectors and regions, demonstrating the universal relevance and practicality of women's empowerment and gender equality.
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Diversity in the Boardroom: Findings and Recommendations of the Institute of Corporate Directors

Institute of Corporate Directors; 2011.

Based on interviews with members of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), this report argues that greater board diversity makes for better corporate governance. The report takes into account many forms of diversity and how they align with the nature of the organization's business and corporate strategy, board composition, board dynamics, and succession planning.
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Gender Equality Checklist for Fund Managers

Gender at Work

This annex to the report 'Implementing Gender Equality Policies and Practices in Private Sector Companies' is a checklist that identifies gender-related and women specific issues to be addressed by fund managers at each step in the investment cycle.
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InterOrganization Network (ION)

An organization that consists of twelve regional organizations located across the United States, all of which work to advance women to positions of power in the business world, primarily to boards of directors and executive suites.
view web, Added 2/16/2010

Levi Strauss & Co.

Companies Leading the Way: Putting Principles into Practice; UNIFEM, United Nations Global Compact; March 2010

Is one of the world's leading manufacturers of blue jeans and other apparel. Established in 1952 and based in San Francisco, California, the Levi Strauss Foundation is a private foundation organized by Levi Strauss & Co. that provides grants to community-based organizations in countries where Levi Strauss & Co. does business. In 2008, the Levi Strauss Foundation paired with Business for Social Responsibility to expand the HERproject peer health education training to 6 factories throughout Egypt. The HERproject connects businesses with health educators who train employees in reproductive health, maternal health nutrition, disease prevention, and the accessing of health services. In addition to supporting the HERproject, Levi Strauss has also sponsored an intensive return-on-investment study in the hope of demonstrating that health awareness promotion can have substantial economic benefits to an employer. These educational efforts will help women protect themselves against disease and thus empowers them to promote their basic human rights. In 1999, the Levi Strauss Foundation paired with the Asia Foundation to create grassroots programs aimed at providing female Chinese migrant workers with accessible career and human rights information. The program includes training in areas such as labor rights awareness, women's health, legal rights, occupational health and safety, and asset building. The program was the first effort of its kind in China and has provided a model for several other global companies doing business in China's industrial regions.
view web, Added 6/22/2010

Making Mentoring Work

Dinolfo, Sarah & Nugent, Julie S.; Catalyst; 2010

Making Mentoring Work offers insights gathered from years of Catalyst work and expertise in this area to help organizations maximize their mentoring efforts. Report highlights include 1) a brief research overview demonstrating the importance of formal mentoring, mentoring relationships, and how they are best maximized. 2) Insights on formal mentoring for career development, designing effective accountability mechanisms. 3) Robust ways to measure and track formal mentoring, including return on investment (ROI). 4) Self-assessments that allow organizations to gauge the effectiveness of their formal mentoring programs and provide further guidance to them in their mentoring efforts. 5) In-depth Diversity & Inclusion practices showcasing innovative mentoring programs.
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OnBoard Bootcamp

For-profit organization that provides corporate board training, marketing skills, strategy, and network for women to secure board positions.
view web, Added 2/16/2010

PRIME Working Group on Gender Equality: Discussion Paper

Kilgour, Maureen, Ph.D. & Flynn, Patricia M., Ph.D; PRIME Working Group on Gender Equality; 2011.

This discussion paper details the context that led to the formation of a PRIME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) Working Group on Gender Equality, including its goals, some early tasks, and several areas for discussion that will set the tone for the Working Group and guide the collection of information and ideas.
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Sponsoring Women to Success

Foust-Cummings, Dinolfo, Kohler; Catalyst; 2011.

While mentoring has not had much effect on helping women make it to the top, sponsorship has proved to be a more influential professional relationship. Sponsors, who are highly placed in an organization and have significant influence on decision-making processes go beyond mentors. They not only give career advice, but can propel a protege to the top of a list of candidates. This report details the benefits sponsorship provides to sponsors, proteges, and the organization, how to create an environment where sponsorship thrives, and the critical features of a sponsorship relationship.
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The Business Case for Women: Quantifying the Economic Value of Diversity

Council of Women World Leaders

The Council of Women World Leaders hosted the Closing the Global Gender Gap: The Business Case Conference for Organizations, Politics, and Society, which brought together academics, executives, and world leaders to disseminate and analyze research that proves including women at the top levels of organizations is not only the right thing to do, it is also good business. This research compendium brings together many documents referenced at the Conference, and provides a compelling case for closing the global gender gap in organizations, politics, and society.
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The Business of Empowering Women

Mckinsey & Company; January 2010

This report presents a case for why and how the private sector can intensify its engagement in the economic empowerment of women in developing countries and emerging markets. The report draws on insights from interviews with more than 50 leaders and experts in the private and social sectors who focus on women's empowerment, as well as findings from a global survey of nearly 2,300 senior private sector executives, among others.
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The Glass Hammer

Glass Hammer is an award-winning blog and online community created for women executives in finance, law, technology and big business.
view web, Added 2/8/2010

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Companies Leading the Way: Putting Principles into Practice; UNIFEM, United Nations Global Compact; March 2010

A New York-based preeminent global financial services firm, has taken significant steps to foster greater economic empowerment of women. In 2008, it launched 10,000 Women, an initiative aimed at providing business and management education to 10,000 underserved women entrepreneurs around the world. The program is coordinated in local markets by a network of more than 60 academic and NGO partners, who have developed a practical, skills-based curriculum, as well as mentoring and networking opportunities for participating female entrepreneurs. Goldman Sachs is currently operating this program in 18 countries, including the US, Brazil, China, Afghanistan, Rwanda, and the Philippines. The initiative is founded on the firm's own research and that of the World Bank and others, on the positive impact on GDP growth caused by more education and thus greater participation of women in the workforce. The firm has committed $100 million toward the 10,000 Women initiative.
view web, Added 6/22/2010

Uneven Progress: Female Directors in the Russell 3000

Barrett, Annalisa; The Corporate Library; 2010

This report's findings indicate that despite the widespread presence of women on S&P 500 boards, most female directors are a small minority of their company's directors, and do not hold leadership roles. It is still quite uncommon for women to serve as board chairs, lead directors, or chairs of key committees, and very rare for companies to have two or more women in such position of responsibility. Beyond the S7P 500 boards, the report also show that the number of female directors falls dramatically with market cap, and half of the Russell 2000 companies have no women on their boards at all.
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What Women Need to Advance: Sponsorship

Forster, Diana

As Thomson and Lloyd show, the key to getting women on boards is to move beyond traditional mentoring programs and provide women with high-level, cross-company, cross-gender sponsorship. Mentors can undoubtedly be helpful by lending advice and guidance to mentees, but sponsors are critically important.
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Why We Need Older Women in the Workplace

Lisa Miller; The Cut; August 4, 2015

Article highlighting the importance of having a variety of women role models in every workplace, and the issues that women face in staying employed after a certain age.
view web, Added 10/3/2016

Women at the Top: How Women at the Top Elevate the Bottom Line

Subcommittee on Women; U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy; 2011.

A survey of the available studies on the economic value of women at the top of corporations and organizations. This report includes a summary of insights and recommendations from these studies, several examples of organizations with best practices, and suggestions for moving forward.
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Women Create A Sustainable Future

Kellie A. McElhaney & Sanaz Mobasseri; UC Berkeley Haas School of Business; October 2012

"Women and sustainability are two sides of the same coin. Corporations build better societies if they have balanced boards." This paper by Kellie McElhaney and Sanaz Mobasseri sets out to identify the relationships between women directors and corporate sustainability.
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Women in the Boardroom

The Women in the Boardroom event is an annual panel discussion that educates and prepares women to serve on boards of directors. The event started in Minneapolis in 2002 and later expanded to Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Dallas, San Francisco and Atlanta.
view web, Added 3/4/2010

Women in the Workplace 2016

LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Company; 2016

Women in the Workplace 2016 is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The study is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to give companies the information they need to promote female leadership and foster gender equality in the workplace.
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Women Matter 2012: Making the Breakthrough

Devillard, Graven, Lawson, Paradise, Sancier-Sultan; McKinsey & Company; 2012.

This report presents the results of research into the gender diversity practices of 235 European companies, the majority of them among the Continent's largest. It shows that, despite the fact that the vast majority of these companies are making serious efforts to increase gender diversity, many still express their frustration at the absence of more concrete results. The report helps to shed light on why this discrepancy might exist and to show the way forward, helping companies build on what they have already achieved to make the final breakthrough.
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Women Matter 2013: Gender Diversity in Top Management; Moving Corporate Culture, Moving Boundaries

Devillard, Sancier, Werner, Maller, & Kossoff; McKinsey & Company; November 2013

This new report is the latest in the Women Matter series. The paper notes that progress on gender diversity has been made in recent years and momentum has increased, but it also confirms that women are still underrepresented at the top of corporations, across all industries and at a global level. This report focuses on the role of mindsets and corporate culture.
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Women on Boards

Catalyst; 2011.

Data on the number of women globally who sit on or chair boards, data, disaggregated by gender, on the number of people of color on Fortune 500 boards in the U.S.
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Women's Empowerment Principles - Equality Means Business

United Nations Global Compact & United Nations Development Fund for Women

A set principles for businesses developed by the UN Global Compact and UNIFEM offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. The WEP emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and seek to point the way to best practice by elaborating the gender dimension of good corporate citizenship, the Global Compact, and the role of business in sustainable development.
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