Diverse Corporate Boards: Good for Women, Men, and Companies
Catalyst Corporate Board Services (CBS) works to increase board diversity by advocating for gender diversity in corporate boardrooms around the globe.
The Catalyst Corporate Board Resource: Connecting CEO-Sponsored Women to Board Opportunities, connects leadership from organizations with open board positions to board-ready women candidates. Catalyst member CEOs can sponsor senior executive women from their own networks for corporate board opportunities and consult the directory to search for candidates for directorships.
The Catalyst Accord is a call to action for Canadian companies to make a commitment to diversity on their corporate boards. The Accord aims to push the representation of women on the corporate boards of Financial Post 500 companies to 25% by 2017. Signatories create a personal goal for boardroom diversity to be achieved by 2017.
Women On Board® is a Catalyst initiative that promotes the appointment of women to corporate boards by engaging CEOs and board chairs who are committed to improving board diversity, to mentor and sponsor CEO-endorsed women board candidates. Launched in Canada in 2007 and expanded to the United States in 2015, over 50% of Women On Board® alumnae have been appointed to corporate boards.
Employees at member companies are encouraged to attend upcoming events and watch recordings of previously conducted webinars, such as Getting on Board. Senior executive women at member companies who are pursuing corporate board service may email [email protected] with their résumé attached for individualized recommendations.
Catalyst members operate in countries throughout the world, working with Catalyst to expand opportunities in the workplace and advance women into senior leadership and decision-making positions. Catalyst Census partners are tracking progress for women on boards and executive suites around the world.