Gender diversity on boards: do quota systems work?

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Document type
Briefing
Corporate author(s)
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Publisher
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Date of publication
26 June 2015
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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Drawing from a CIPD literature review, this Briefing looks at evidence of the impact of quota systems and the pros and cons of an enforcement approach.

It also includes findings from a survey of CIPD members, in which 55% of respondents feel that a voluntary approach to setting organisational targets is more helpful than a mandatory quota system. However, respondents would like to see a more ambitious target for female diversity, with the majority advocating equal representation and a 50% voluntary target for women on boards.

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