2015 Issue III

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Catalyst Around the World
Catalyst’s President & CEO Deborah Gillis recently visited Australia in support of Catalyst’s recent report, The Secret to Inclusion in Australian Workplaces. In an interview with journalist Catherine Fox, Deborah noted that “one is the new zero” in terms of women on boards, and suggested that leaders must shift their mindset and behavior in order to make real change.

This Catalyst infographic provides information about women in Australian society and business, including the percentage of women on ASX 200 boards for each year since 2006. This number has continuously increased since the passing of a diversity-related corporate governance code amendment in 2010, and now stands at 20%.

After Deborah’s trip to Australia she traveled to Japan, where she participated in the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, hosted by the Government of Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has identified women’s equality in the workplace as essential to the advancement of Japan’s economy. Catalyst’s Women in Japan infographic shows that women hold only 3.1% of board seats at Japan’s TOPIX Core 30 Index companies, a number that Prime Minister Abe is determined to increase by the year 2020.
A Global Perspective From Deloitte
Deloitte’s recent report Women in the Boardroom: A Global Perspective shines a light on the lack of female representation on boards of companies around the world. According to Deloitte’s research, women hold just 12% of board seats globally, and only 4% of board chair positions. Countries with quotas, such as Norway and France, show higher numbers of women board directors than those without quotas, but still have low numbers of women chairing boards, a metric that Deloitte sees as “a meaningful predictor of real change in global boardrooms.”
National Association of Corporate Directors Directorship 100
Each year, NACD Directorship magazine honors some of the most influential people in the boardroom community with the NACD Directorship 100 list. Catalyst congratulates President & CEO Deborah Gillis for being named to the 2015 NACD Directorship 100. Other Catalyst friends named to this year’s list include:
  • Angela Brock-Kyle (Sponsored in the Catalyst Corporate Board Resource)
  • Margaret Foran (Member, Catalyst Board of Advisors)
  • Nancy Karch (Member, Corporate Board Services Advisory Council)
  • Sarah Raiss (Sponsor, Women On Board®)
Honorees will be celebrated at the Ninth Annual Directorship 100 Gala on December 2, 2015.
Did You Know?
On July 29, the Massachusetts Senate passed a resolution to encourage equitable and diverse gender representation on the boards of companies in the state. Senator Karen E. Spilka, who filed the resolution with lead co-sponsor Representative Patricia Haddad, stated, “This is not just a women’s issue or a family issue. This is a business issue.” A similar state resolution was passed in Illinois in May. 

Congratulations to Catalyst’s friends at 2020 Women on Boards for helping to drive these efforts.
The Catalyst Corporate Board Resource
congratulates the following CEO-sponsored women on their appointments to the corporate boards listed below:
Deborah A. Henretta to NiSource
Nancy A. Reardon to Big Lots
Catherine A. Sazdanoff to Meridian Bioscience
Valarie L. Sheppard to Anixter International
Lizabeth H. Zlatkus to Boston Private Financial
Women On Board®: A Catalyst Initiative
congratulates the following women on their appointments to the boards listed below:
Angelina Francolini to to London International Airport Authority, Vivanda, and McCormick Mexico
Sarah Kavanagh to Canadian Tire Bank
Denise Turner to DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Janet Woodruff to Keyera Corporation, Altus Group Limited, and Transportation Investment Corporation
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