A Turning Point for Transparency?

Editor's Views: Companies are starting to wise up to the importance of reporting data on gender diversity

Holly Black 13 August, 2021 | 10:03AM
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There are too few women in boardrooms and executive roles, we know that. The “pale, male and stale” culture at the top level of listed companies is as old as time. But things are starting to change.

Businesses are under greater pressure to ensure diversity within their organisation (not just on a gender basis either, though that is our focus for today), and to be more transparent about it too. The latter part is particularly exciting for the Morningstar data bods because we finally have enough disclosure in the UK, US and Canada that we can start to really dig into the numbers. Just as sustainably-minded investors want to know if strong ESG credentials mean strong financial returns, we also want to know this: does better diversity on company boards lead to better performance?

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Holly Black  is Senior Editor, Morningstar.co.uk