Women on Boards - BIS Consultation (November 2010)

CMI's paper argues that the Government is right to look at the issue of women's under representation in the boardroom, not only for reasons of fairness but because it will be to the benefit of business to draw on a wider talent pool and a diversity of viewpoints.

The paper highlights deep resistance from professional managers to the use of quotas for women's representation, amid concerns that it would be tokenistic and undermine meritocratic appointments. However, it highlights options such as "soft quotas" or stipulating that women could be included on shortlists, which could be used to help open the door to the boardroom.

The consultation is feeding in to a review being led by former trade minister Lord Davies of Absersoch. More information can be found on the BIS wesbite - and our response can be read below.

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