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Representation of women on private sector boards: research findings

Published: 19 May 2016
Directorate:
Local Government and Communities Directorate
Part of:
Public sector, Research
ISBN:
9781786522580

Part of a broader programme of work being undertaken to improve gender equality and diversity.

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Representation of women on private sector boards: research findings
Background

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Background

1. Scotland's Economic Strategy (Scottish Government, 2015) sets out the Scottish Government's purpose " to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth". One of the four priorities of the strategy is Inclusive Growth, with a focus on addressing long-standing barriers to equality and diversity in the labour market .

2. With Scotland's first gender balanced cabinet, the First Minister has challenged all public, private, and third sector organisations to commit to take action on gender inequality with the launch of a voluntary Partnership for Change commitment to achieve a 50/50 gender balance on boards by 2020.

3. Partnership for Change builds on the ongoing work of the Public Boards and Corporate Diversity Programme. The programme has three strands:

  • Strand 1 - To improve the percentage of women and other under-represented groups in leadership roles in Scotland, by fostering an enabling environment and securing a commitment to improved diversity by 2020.
  • Strand 2 - To make Ministerial public appointments more diverse reflecting broadly the general population in Scotland by 2020.
  • Strand 3 - To make Scottish Government's senior leadership more diverse reflecting broadly the general population in Scotland by 2020.

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