The Executive and Board Resourcing Code

As organisations strive to achieve better performance through more diverse balance across senior decision-making roles, recruitment and appointments becomes a pivotal process. Since 2016, Ibec and the 30% Club have promoted a voluntary code for executive search firms to support more balanced selection, in their role as key stakeholders in changing the landscape on gender balance across senior management and on boards in Ireland. In 2019, the Code was updated and broadened to reflect all search professionals (external and in-house), and any senior resourcing activity. The Code also recognises the importance of search firms and client organisations working together in partnership on delivering change and is based on four key principles incorporating:

  • Strategy & Goals
  • Talent Pipeline
  • Process
  • Monitoring & Reporting

How the Code is applied

Executive search firms and search professionals, as signatories to the Code, commit to following the Code’s provisions in their board and senior executive search processes, irrespective of sector or company; and to ensuring that the principles and key behaviours are embedded in their day to day practices. A list of signatories is published, and signatories are also encouraged to publicise their compliance through their website and through public reporting of measures of success.

Individual organisations are actively encouraged to support the principles set out in the Code and to work in collaboration with the executive search partner, whether in-house or external, in ensuring the Code is upheld; and that ultimately greater balance is achieved across senior decision-making functions with particular emphasis at board and c-suite executive levels. In particular, it is anticipated that Nomination Committees will encourage the adoption of the principles and the suggested behaviours in both Board and internal selection processes, supported by the CEO and the HRD.

Ibec and the 30% Club have committed to promoting the Code and its signatories with their members, encouraging them to engage in future with recruitment and executive search firms who are as committed to diversity as they are. By working together, we hope that we can make further advances to address the challenge of gender balance in decision-making roles and ultimately for better business outcomes.

The Ibec/30% Club Executive and Board Resourcing Code pdf | 1142.7 kb

Executive Search signatories

Accreate Executive Search

Amrop Executive Search


BDO Recruitment

Boyden Ireland

Brightwater Recruitment

CareerWise Recruitment

Collins McNicholas

CPL Resources Plc

Cronin Partners International Search

Diversity Search

Elevate Selection

Executive Connections

GMB Executive Search & Selection

Harvey Nash


Heidrick & Struggles

Hunter Executive Search

Korn Ferry

KPMG Executive Search and Selection

Lansdowne Executive Search

Lincoln Recruitment Specialists

Mason Alexander

MERC Partners

Mullins Cuddihy & Associates

O’Connor Executive Search

Odgers Berndtson


Paragon Executive

Principal Connections

Prism Executive

Public Appointments Service


RFC Executive



Talent Hub


The Panel Search and Selection

Wallace Myers International