CMI Women builds on a growing tide of diversity concerns from other sectors, including development and policy.
Take the World Economic Forum, where around 85% of attendees are male. David Rothkopf, CEO of the FP Group, has called the meeting ‘compromised’ and describes the imbalance as ‘inexcusable’.
“Look at the agenda”, he says. “On issue after issue – economics, politics, health, education, development, climate, combating extremism, stabilizing societies – you can’t have a serious discussion or effectively influence outcomes without including the perspectives of women.”
Some leading development experts have pledged not to speak at panel events unless there are clear attempts at diversity among the speakers.
But solutions will be aided by putting measures in place that are designed to increase the number of women in management roles. Greater flexibility is one of the key requirements that will boost the percentage of women that achieve higher level roles.
“1.5 million new women managers is an ambitious target but one that UK employers can’t afford to miss”, said Heather Melville, chair of CMI Women.
It is essential for employers to do everything possible to achieve greater gender diversity across their management layers, not only for the benefit of women but also for the benefit of business productivity and the UK economy.
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