2020 Gender Diversity Index

2013 Key Findings

Number of Women on Boards Increased: The percent of board seats held by women in the 2020 Index companies increased to 16.6% in 2013 from 15.6% in 2012.The percentage of board seats held by women in 2011, the first year of reporting, was 14.6%.

The number of Winning “W” Companies Increased, Zero “Z” Companies Decreased: The number of Winning “W” Companies Increased to 316 in 2013, up from 308 in 2012 and 273 in 2011, while the number of Very Close “V” Companies dropped to 167 in 2013, from 177 in 2012 and 187 in 2011. There was little change in the number of Token “T” companies: 292 in 2013 and 291 in 2012, but down from 314 in 2011. The biggest change was in the Zero “Z” Company category, with drops in three consecutive years: 118 in 2013, 152 in 2012 and 177 in 2011.

Companies that become inactive are more likely to be Companies with one or no women on their boards: Between 2012 and 2013, 37 companies dropped off the Fortune 1000 list because they went private, were acquired, or went out of business. Of the 37 inactive companies, 13 are “Z” Companies and 11 are “T” Companies. This represents 65% of the companies, which is significant. Research has demonstrated that companies with women on boards are more profitable. It appears they are also more sustainable.