Odgers Berndtson: Gender Diversity of FTSE 100 Companies Through the Years

Odgers Berndtson takes a look at the progress and development of gender diversity within the FTSE 100 companies throughout the past two decades. 20 years ago marked when the first woman, Marjorie Scardino, became chief executive officer of a FTSE 100 company. Presently, there are now 6 CEOs and 6 female chairs within these companies. This report provides a look at the gender diversity within these companies throughout the years as well as share stories from multiple women who speak on their experiences on the slow, yet present, culture shift.

Notable facts include:

  • In 2017, there are no longer any FTSE 100 companies with all-male boards, as opposed to 43% of companies with all-male boards in 2001.
  • Women currently make up 27.7% of board members of FTSE 100 companies, up from 6.4% in 2001.
  • The amount of women who held a CEO position at a FTSE 100 company has grown from 1 in 1997, 3 in 2007, and 6 in 2017.

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