Earlier this year, the international Women In Retail group joined forces with British management consultancy firm Elixirr to conduct
a major new study. The aim was to compile
expert opinions on whether executive-level
imbalance risked leaving big corporations
out of touch with customer bases that remain, in many cases, predominantly female.
Seventy male and female senior executives
from 44 top UK companies were interviewed
on the subject of gender bias at the upper
echelons of big business, and the results
made for fascinating reading.
For example, it was almost universally
agreed, regardless of the interviewee’s
gender, that full diversity all the way up the
corporate ladder would improve business.
Despite this apparently being widely held
as something of a truism, nearly 75% of
respondents felt their own company wasn’t
yet close enough to achieving this at director
and boardroom level.
Obviously, this situation is far from unique to
the UK. The scenario in the US, for example,
is neatly illustrated by this eye-opening info-
graphic showing boardroom gender balance
for the top ten companies on the most recent
version of the Fortune 500 list. We can see
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