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The CS Gender 3000 in 2019: The changing face of companies

Credit Suisse Research Institute




Workplace Gender Equality

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The CS Gender 3000 in 2019: The changing face of companies

The CS Gender 3000 in 2019: The changing face of companies

The Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) has been conducting research on gender diversity at the executive level within companies since 2012.  Such research initiatives have enabled the global analysis of board diversity, as well as the assessment of the roles of women in and around the C-Suite.

Revisiting gender diversity for the 2019 report has raised expectations around Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors, and on how the organisation works towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—from CSRI’s clients, investors, clients, regulators, employees and other stakeholders.

The CS Gender 3000 in 2019 report presents an analysis of data on the gender mix of the executive teams of over 3,000 companies stretching across 56 countries and comprising 30,000 executive positions. It also provides insights on the business model of family businesses—a multifaceted topic that has been central to prior research from the CSRI. It shines the spotlight on businesses owned by women or that have women in senior leadership roles.

The report presents findings from a macro and demographic assessment of the labour market dynamics for women and conflict that may affect one’s career progression towards senior roles. It attempts to show any correlation between metrics of management diversity and share-price performance.

Drawing from the knowledge base built by CSRI’s global company equity analysts, the report presents a clear-cut profile of the gender makeup of the corporate sector.


  • Gender diversity in the boardroom has increased; it has doubled over the decade.
  • Gender diversity in senior executive roles has lagged. Barely 5% of the CS Gender 3000 companies have female CEOs and less than 15% have female CFOs.
  • APAC and North America reflect greater management diversity than in Europe. Asian economies have proportionally the most CEOs and CFOs.
  • Companies with more women in senior management do appear to yield superior returns.
  • Companies with women in leadership roles show wider awareness on ESG factors and the UN SDGs.
  • Gender pay gap needs to be addressed to enhance mobility and flexibility in career progression.

Table of Contents

  • Editorial
  • The Credit Suisse Gender 3000
  • The Credit Suisse Gender 3000 in 2019: From boardroom to C-Suite
  • Running the numbers: The quality premium
  • Gender diversity and family-owned companies
  • Aligning career and family: A macro perspective
  • The gender pay gap and the CS Gender 3000
  • Appendices
    • Current gender quotas and disclosure requirements
    • How has the CS Gender 3000 changed over time?
    • Financial metrics for the Gender 3000
  • General disclaimer/important information


  • Richard Kersley
  • Eugene Klerk
  • Anais Boussie
  • Bahar Sezer Longworth
  • Joelle Anamootoo Natzkoff
  • Darshana Ramji


  • Akanksha Kharbanda
  • Amit Phillips


The report was originally published on the Credit Suisse website.

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