2020 Exceeds Its Goal

We did it!
 
Three years ahead of schedule, we exceeded our campaign goal: women now hold 20.8% of the board seats of our GDI Fortune 1000 companies, a cohort of 801 companies remaining from our baseline 2010 Fortune 1000 list.
 
Today, more than half of our Index companies are Winning 'W's and the numbers of Zero 'Z' and Token 'T' companies are falling to an all-time low. We’re celebrating this breakthrough at our 6th National Conversation on Board Diversity on November 15 and 16 at 20 events in 19 cities across the country, with over 3000 people attending. But the work’s not done.
 
Fifty-five GDI companies have no women on their boards. Thirty-four of those companies have never had a woman director in the seven years that we’ve been tracking this data. Because smaller companies are slower to advance women to the boardroom, this year we have expanded our database to include companies on the Russell 3000 Index. True to form, women hold just 16.2% of the board seats for these companies. Thanks to Equilar, our new research partner, for providing us with the Russell 3000 data.
 
For the remainder of the campaign we’ll focus on these smaller companies and tailor our education and advocacy initiatives to encourage them to add women to their boards. It would have been easy to claim victory and end the campaign with an early success. But we’re not done yet. We won’t be satisfied until all companies large and small give women a seat at the table and a significant voice in the boardroom.
 
Read the full report here.