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Fortune Knowledge Group, in collaboration with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Releases Study on Gender Diversity Among Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. 

– Foreword –

Throughout history, successful companies, thriving economies and prosperous communities have been characterized by their openness to diverse ideas and their commitment to inclusion.

Yet despite progress in many areas, the evidence shows that there is much more work to be done, particularly in achieving true gender parity in all levels of business. While it is widely accepted today that the full inclusion

of women executives improves a company’s financial performance, and a majority of organizations have a formal senior leadership inclusion initiative in place, the data shows that the number of women in these positions is still significantly low.

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SPRINGFIELD – More women and minorities need to serve on corporate boards, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.

Frerichs will use his role as Illinois’ chief investment officer to encourage greater boardroom diversity. A corporate board without women and minorities typically does not reflect its employees and customers. As such, the likelihood is great for missed opportunities and growth, especially in shareholder value.

Bloomberg Brief

– By Jeff Green and Emily Chasan – bloombergbrief

Slowly but steadily, investors continue to let corporate boards know that "pale, male and stale" doesn’t cut it anymore.

The small but growing number of shareholder votes on diversity proposals is on pace to match or exceed the record set last year, according to data compiled by ISS Analytics. Apple and Tyson Foods investors already rejected such proposals, and another eight may still go to a vote.

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