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Friday 24 May 2019

Support spikes for board gender targets

IoD CEO Maura Quinn
IoD CEO Maura Quinn
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Support for gender targets in boardrooms has increased among business leaders in Ireland.

Two in five directors and managers believe gender targets rather than quotas should be introduced to increase the number of women on boards.

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This is an increase of 7pc in the past two years, according a survey from the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Meanwhile, almost a quarter of the 381 business people surveyed said women make up less than 10pc of the boards on which they sit.

When asked if they thought this percentage had increased in the past two years, 59pc said it had not.

Unconscious bias was seen as the main barrier to more women being selected to join boards.

"While there is now greater awareness of the imperative for gender diversity on boards, nothing substantially has changed in the composition of boards over the last two years," said IoD CEO Maura Quinn.

It appears this lack of progress has resulted in an increased call for gender targets and we must heed this call to ensure there is real traction on this issue in the future."

Irish Independent

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