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Board Gender Diversity in ASEAN

Board Gender Diversity in ASEAN

While gender gaps in labor market participation and educational attainment have narrowed, women around the world still encounter a glass ceiling when trying to reach the company boardroom, where female representation remains low. Policy-makers, business leaders, institutional investors and women’s business organizations are increasingly paying attention to this issue and are working to improve board gender diversity.

The Board Gender Diversity in ASEAN study advances the case that having women in business leadership positions is good for company performance, confirmed through an analysis of more than 1,000 companies in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • The business case for board gender diversity
    • Why is board gender diversity so important?
    • How can firms ensure that diversity drives performance?
  • Chapter 1: Board gender diversity in ASEAN
    • Current state of play in ASEAN
  • Chapter 2:Drivers of board gender diversity in ASEAN
    • Country-level factors that drive board gender diversity
    • Company-level factors that drive board gender diversity
  • Chapter 3: Impact of board gender diversity on company performance
    • Impact on company financial performance
    • The link between board gender diversity and financial performance.
  • Chapter 4: Obstacles to advancing board gender diversity
    • Country-level obstacles preventing women from rising to senior positions
    • Company-level obstacles preventing women from rising to senior positions
  • Chapter 5: Opportunities for advancing board gender diversity
    • Country-level opportunities for advancing board gender diversity
    • Company-level opportunities for advancing board gender diversity
    • The way forward: diversity breeds diversity
  • Appendix 1: Snapshot of country metrics
  • Appendix 2: Detailed methodology for statistical analysis

Source: International Finance Corporation

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