The Rising Importance of Board Diversity

20 May 2019

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Many prominent shareholders, such as institutional investors and PE firms, are putting pressure on the companies they own to report on the diversity characteristics of their board members and to increase the number of women and other groups on their boards. And while many companies are responding to this pressure and creating roadmaps to improve their board diversity, significant barriers remain.

To find out how companies are currently approaching the issue of board diversity, Toppan Merrill commissioned Mergermarket to speak with three leading experts as well as one public company executive.

Topics of discussion include:

• How important is board diversity to investors when evaluating a company’s ESG credentials in the current environment?

• What are the main barriers to greater board diversity at the moment?

• As investors increasingly seek information on the personal characteristics of board members, how are companies navigating potential privacy concerns?