I was saddened and disappointed – but I have to admit, not surprised – to read recent reports that the UK’s largest companies are still failing to meet government targets to improve gender equality.
Figures recently released by the Hampton-Alexander review, a government initiative to tackle UK corporate gender inequality, show that FTSE 350 companies remain far short of the target to have 33% female boardrooms and – shockingly – 10 firms still have all-male boards.
Across FTSE 350 companies, women only make up only 25.5% of directors. The review also named and shamed 10 'dark ages' companies who have failed to appoint any women to the top table two years after the 33% target was set. Companies include such household names as Sports Direct and the Stobart Group.
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