Diversity on Boards
Community Business has been leading the debate on board diversity since 2009 when we first produced research in partnership with the Cranfield School of Management in the UK and Standard Chartered Bank.
Often the discussion of boardroom diversity is centred around gender and the under-representation of women on corporate boards. This is indeed a real issue that needs addressing in Hong Kong and elsewhere, and we have been spearheading the dialogue around women on boards since 2009. However, it is our firm belief that to be successful in today’s complex global business environment, boards need to be multi-skilled and embrace a true diversity of perspectives. Boardroom diversity needs to go beyond gender and take into account other factors such as age, culture, as well as skills, experience and thinking style; namely, diversity in its broadest sense.
As our annual research shows, when it comes to the representation of women on boards, Hong Kong is lagging behind many markets globally, Whilst there have been a number of proactive initiatives in recent years, including the launch of the 30% Club in Hong Kong, progress continues to be painfully slow. It is clear much more needs to be done to raise awareness and to change attitudes, mindsets and behaviours. We at Community Business focus on this important subject by conducting research, stimulating dialogue with key stakeholders, advocating for change and partnering with other local organisations to inspire meaningful action.
- Raise awareness and increase understanding of boardroom diversity as a means to broad-based decision-making, more informed risk management, stronger corporate governance, which ultimately lead to better business performance and sustainability.
- Encourage and support companies to determine the diversity ‘mix’ that is relevant to their business needs today and into the future.
- Advocate for positive change in wider Hong Kong and Asia society through stakeholder engagement and collective action, including stock exchanges, chairpersons, director associations, company secretary associations, chambers of commerce, academies, executive search firms, subject experts and so on in the dialogue.
- Women on Boards Hong Kong research - conducted annually this tracks the representation of women on boards, ranking the performance of companies each year
- Diversity on Boards Executive Forum
- In 2019 we launched an online resource to replace our annual Women on Boards research. Updated more frequently, the online resource is designed to monitor and analyse current figures as well as historical trends in the appointment of women to Hang Seng listed boards in Hong Kong.
For more information about Diversity on Boards, please get in touch with the team.