Representation of women on private sector boards: research findings

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

Research Methods

7. The research has involved:

  • A review of the policy and academic literature.
  • Interviews with key stakeholders including Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Investors in People, key business representative organisations, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and a range of organisations and individuals with a particular interest in improving the gender balance of the workforce and/or private sector boards.
  • An e-survey of private sector companies. 55 companies with boards took part in the e-survey.
  • Case studies with 10 private sector companies. These were selected to reflect a range of different experiences - including both companies that were actively seeking to improve the gender balance and broader diversity of their board and those that were not.


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