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Women in the Philippine C-Suite

Women in the Philippine C-Suite

The Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE) and the Philippine Women’s Economic Network (PhilWEN) in partnership with the Makati Business Club (MBC), release this study looking at the state of women’s participation in the Philippine C-Suite. The study, “Women in the Philippine C-Suite”, focuses on the mid-managers, both male and female, of 129 top Philippine corporations to provide a better understanding on why the number of women dwindles as corporate rank go higher.

This report explains the 4 key interplaying factors – individual, family, corporation culture and societal pressures – that puts a pressure to the rise of women in the corporate ladder. This report also offers insights from CEOs who are leading the women leadership advocacy, as well as offers recommendations for companies to consider to improve gender diversity in their workplaces.


  • Message from the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines
  • Trends in Women and Leadership: An Introduction
  • The Research Project: Women in the Philippine C-Suite
    • Objectives
    • Scope and Limitations
    • Methodology
    • Framework
  • Analyses and Results
    • Preliminary Analysis
    • Survey Results: Four Domains
    • Narratives and Conversations
  • Current Policies and Practices of Select Philippine Corporations
  • Best Corporate Practices in Handling Gender Diversity
    • Accenture
    • IBM
    • KPMG
    • Magsaysay Group of Companies
    • Manila Water Company
  • Conclusions
  • Insights and Recommendations
    • Overall Insight
    • Three Key Areas for Achieving Gender Diversity in the Philippine C-Suite
    • Recommendations from Respondents
  • References
  • Appendix
    • Survey Tool
    • Guide Questions for Key Informants/Focus Group Participants
  • Acknowledgements
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