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CWDI Report Shows Women Hold 32.1% of Board Seats in Europe.

The recent decline of women leading powerhouse companies, now at 4.8%, drops the U.S. below the percentage of women CEOs of Europe's leading companies for the first time. Among 600 blue-chip companies in the 28 EU countries at the end of 2017, there are 33 women CEOs or 5.5%, according to the European Institute for Gender Equality. Both percentages, however, clearly show the long road to equity at the top of the corporate ladder.

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They are departing at same rate as men, but high-profile exits stand out

If it seems like several female CEOs have lost or left their jobs lately, it is because they have. But so, too, have many male chief executives. So why do the women’s departures seem so conspicuous?illinois sealBrought to your attention by Rodrigo Garcia

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Evidence of the links between returns on investment and companies’ CSR/ESG efforts is mounting exponentially, and it’s now clear: ESG is no longer just a fad. We’ve seen increasing research that outlines asset managers’ expectations of issuers, as well as data demonstrating the effectiveness of a robust CSR program and its positive impact on consumers, investors and other constituencies.

edelmanlogoIRmagEdelman 2017 Trust Barometer Special Report: Institutional Investors captures insights from a powerful group of global institutional investors. It provides the results of their research, completed in partnership with Ipreo, which surveyed chief investment officers, portfolio managers and buy-side analysts across 14 countries whose firms collectively manage more than $1 trillion in assets using various investment styles.

SSRN radius1The push for gender diversity on public companies’ boards has been gaining traction. Advocacy groups, institutional investors, regulators and companies themselves have all recognized the need for more diverse boards. However, gender parity is still absent from most public companies’ boards, and a significant number of companies still have no women on their boards.

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There should be an expectation in business that the selection process is based entirely on merit...Given the disproportionate number of men to women in senior roles, business should question the soundness of their meritocracies.

Sir Philip Hampton, Chairman GlaxoSmithKline

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