2019 Gender Diversity Benchmark for Asia

Focus Area | Tackling Workplace Inequality
A long-awaited update to our flagship benchmark study, looking at the representation of women in different markets in Asia – enhanced with deep market data from Willis Towers Watson.

Community Business has been compiling its flagship study, the Gender Diversity Benchmark for Asia (GDBA) since 2009, with updates published in 2011 and 2014. Widely referenced, to date these studies have benchmarked the representation of women in multinational companies operating in Asia – and specifically the markets of China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. The data has been supplied by companies choosing to participate in our benchmark exercise.

In 2019, thanks to the partnership with Willis Towers Watson, we are taking this benchmark study to a new level – firmly establishing its position as the definitive gender diversity benchmark study for companies operating in Asia.  Leveraging data from Willis Towers Watson’s 2018 Global Data Services Compensation & Benefits Survey Data, we have access to more markets, more companies and more datapoints – facilitating a deeper level of analysis than ever before.

Scope of Research

The GDBA 2019 will analyse the representation of women in organisations in the following markets in Asia:

    Hong Kong    


The data comprises both western multinationals and local companies and a range of industries representative of each market. The number of companies for each market ranges from 150 in Indonesia to 900 in China.

The new GDBA 2019 will present data and analysis on a market by market basis on the following:

  • Rrepresentation of women:
    o    By job level
    o    By industry and function
    o    By age
    o    Gender pay gap by age


This Benchmark Study is being made possible thanks to partnership and sponsorship from the following companies:

Research Partner
Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 45,000 employees serving more than 140 countries and markets. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at

Lead Sponsor

DIAN Member Opt-In Sponsors

  • AllianceBernstein
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • BNY Mellon
  • BP
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deutsche Bank
  • EY
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Hogan Lovells
  • JLL
  • Linklaters
  • Microsoft
  • Nomura
  • Shell
  • Thomson Reuters

If your company would also like to be associated with and support this research or is interested in hosting a launch event to share the findings, please contact us.