Gulf leads way with women on boards

The Gulf has emerged as an unlikely role model for gender diversity in the boardroom, reports the Telegraph.

Almost a third of family-run companies in the Gulf have at least one woman on their board, a survey has revealed. In Britain just 7.8pc of companies have female directors; in America the figure is 11.4pc and in Japan less than 1pc.

The research, conducted by the Pearl Initiative, a body established to promote transparency and accountability to companies in the Gulf, found that 32pc of 100 family-owned companies in the region had female board members. However female representation on the board of listed companies is far lower at 1.5pc.


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