The resulting initiative, “Balance for Better Business”, was launched by the Taoiseach and Minister of State David Stanton last July. Co-chaired by Brid Horan and Gary Kennedy, its Review Group consists of, Carol Andrews, Mark Fitzgerald, Aongus Hegarty, Danny McCoy, Dr Orlaigh Quinn, Martin Shanahan, Julie Sinnamon, and Fiona Tierney. They are also supported by an Advisory Group of senior business leaders, public sector representatives as well as Ibec, Congress and the National Women’s Council of Ireland.
Since its launch, the review group has focused on developing capacity to communicate the business case for better gender balance in corporate leadership and to establish robust data on the gender composition of publicly listed boards. It has also organised a number of key events to raise awareness within the business community and to enlist the support of corporate leaders for the initiative. Its first report, which is due in April/May 2019, will set out data regarding the representation of women on the boards of companies listed on the Irish Stock Exchange. It will also propose targets for gender representation on corporate boards for the period to 2023.
While the first report will focus on listed companies, Balance for Better Business will be extending its analysis to major private and multi-national companies in subsequent reports by examining their gender balance at senior levels, at C-Suite and direct reports to the Chair/CEO level.
To engage with the work and developments of this key initiative for gender balance in business please follow @BalanceInBizIE on Twitter.
Friday, 26 April 2019