Fulfilling our campaign promise to provide greater transparency to the composition of public company boards of directors, on our website you will find much-awaited Gender Diversity Directory.
The directory includes over 1,000 companies and categorizes them using the 2020 Campaign’s designations: Winning "W" (20% women or greater), Very Close "V" (11 - 19%), Token "T" (one woman), or Zero "Z"(no women). The database can be sorted in a variety of ways - alphabetically, by designation, geography, market sector, or number of women directors.
The 2020 directory includes companies on the 2020 Gender Diversity Index (based on the 2010 Fortune 1000) and other private and public companies, disclosed by campaign supporters and its Affiliate organizations. The directory will be reviewed once a year and updated when we become aware of changes.
This summer, we notified companies that they would be included in the directory: W companies received congratulatory certificates, Z companies were encouraged to take the 2020 Pledge: Put a woman on the board within 2 years and achieve 20% by 2020.
A number of W companies thanked us for the recognition, and some used our web badge on their websites. We are now looking for companies to take the Pledge.
Over 1,000 directors on Fortune 1000 company boards are over 70 and facing retirement. Companies will soon be looking to replace this generation of directors with people who are younger and better reflect the 21 Century marketplace., with more emphasis on who you are less on who you know. Qualified women have the skills required for today’s boards of directors.