2016

Australia: Board Composition and Non-executive Director Pay in ASX200 companies: 2015
ACSI Annual Survey of S&P/ASX200 Board Composition and Non-executive Director Remuneration. This is ACSI’s 15th study into the composition of S&P/ASX100 (ASX100) company boards, and the fifth year it has also covered the S&P/ASX200 (ASX200).

Australia: Deloitte Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative
This research, undertaken on behalf of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, is one of a suite of Women on Boards initiatives aimed at helping Queensland boards increase the representation of women. It found that gender parity on Queensland boards will deliver $87 million in productivity gains.

Australia: KPMG ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations on Diversity: Analysis of disclosures for financial years ended between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015
This report analyses the disclosures on diversity statistics for financial years ending 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. It represents the fourth full year of reporting for many ASX listed entities and builds on the 2012 and 2013 Reports below.

Women’s Equality in The United Kingdom
This report explores the potential economic benefit of narrowing gender pay gaps in the UK and addresses current gender disparities in the workplace, as well as identifying actions to combat gender inequality. Achieving workplace gender equality in the UK could create an extra £150 billion on top of usual GDP forecasts in 2025.

United States: McKinsey & Company The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in The United States
This report explores the potential economic benefit of narrowing gender pay gaps in the US and addresses current gender disparities in the workplace, as well as identifying actions to combat gender inequality. The US could add up to $4.3 trillion in annual GDP in 2025 if women attain full gender equality.

United States: Peterson Institute for International Economics Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey
This analysis of a global survey of over 20,000 firms suggests the extent to which female presence in corporate leadership improve firm performance. It estimates that for profitable firms, a move from no female leaders to 30 percent representation is associated with a 15 percent increase in the net revenue margin.

Switzerland: Credit Suisse Research Institute The CS Gender 3000: The Reward for Change
This report follows from the 2014 study “The Credit Suisse Gender 3000: Women in Senior Management”. It confirms that gender diversity in the boardroom and senior roles is linked to excess stock market returns and superior corporate profitability.

2015

Australia: ACSI Board Composition and Non-Executive Director Pay in ASX200 Companies: 2014
This is ACSI’s 14th study into the composition of S&P/ASX100 (ASX100) company boards, and the fourth year that the study has been extended to cover all of the S&P/ASX200 (ASX200). The research maps changes in Australia’s largest boardrooms including data on director roles, gender, director fees tenure, age and for the second year also includes an analysis of directors’ shareholdings - their ‘skin in the game’.

Luxembourg: European Institute for Gender Equality Gender Equality in Power and Decision-Making
This publication is part of EIGE’s broader mandate of monitoring EU progress towards gender equality within EU policy framework, specifically in relation to the strategic objectives of the Beijing Platform for Action (acknowledged by the European Council in 1995). The report looks at how Member States (MS) fare in terms of gender equality in power and decision-making positions within bodies of public, economic and social power between 2003 and 2014. In addition, the report presents new data on decision-making in sport organisations.

United Kingdom: Deloitte Women in the boardroom: A Global Perspective
Recent legislative efforts and other initiatives have helped bring women’s representation in the boardroom to an all-time high. Despite this, nearly 90 percent of the world’s board seats still belong to men. This third edition of the Deloitte Global Center for Corporate Governance’s publication, Women in the boardroom: A global perspective highlights those initiatives, spanning 25 countries and six continents, aimed at balancing the scales in favor of a more diverse and inclusive boardroom.

United Kingdom: Cranfield University The Female FTSE Board Report 2015 
This report tracks the progress of women onto FTSE boards.

United Kingdom: PwC Women in Work Index
This annual report details the statistics of women in work internationally.

United StatesMcKinsey & Company How advancing women's equality can add $12 trillion to global growth
This report focused on the economic implications of lack of parity between men and women. A “best in region” scenario in which all countries match the rate of improvement of the fastest-improving country in their region could add as much as $12 trillion, or 11 percent, in annual 2025 GDP.

United States: MSCI Women on Boards: Global Trends in Gender Diversity
Many institutional investors are increasingly focused on the gender composition of company boards, according to our research. Some studies show significant outperformance by companies with women on boards, though no one can show a direct link between the two. Our latest research shows that companies in the MSCI World Index with strong female leadership (as defined in our paper) generated a Return on Equity of 10.1% per year versus 7.4% for those without (as of September 9, 2015, measured on an equal-weighted basis). 

United States: PwC Governing for the long-term: Board Composition and Diversity
Directors know their boards need the right expertise, attributes, and experience in order to be well-positioned to oversee long-term value creation. This includes having directors with diverse backgrounds.

2014

Australia: The Korn/Ferry Institute Beyond if not, why not: The pathway to directorship for women in leadership
Korn Ferry’s report surveyed 57 female directors in Australia who were appointed to listed boards after 2010, when the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) introduced changes to its Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations on the reporting of diversity—known as the “if not, why not” disclosure rule. The survey examines the paths women took to arrive on the boards of Australia’s largest listed companies and highlights the importance of a strong network, usually gained throughout the course of an executive career, for women who seek board roles.

Australia: KPMG ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations on Diversity: Analysis of disclosures for financial years ended between 31 December 2012 and 30 December 2013
The 2014 report provides an analysis of the disclosures on diversity made by a selection of ASX listed entities with financial years ended between 31 December 2012 and 30 December 2013. It focuses on an analysis of the second full year of reporting and provides for comparisons to be made and trends drawn between the first and second full years of reporting.

United Kingdom: Women in Mining (WIM) and PwC Mining for talent 2014
This Report is the second in a series of three undertaken by WIM (UK), analysing gender diversity at board level of the top 500 mining companies around the world. It is co-authored with PwC, and supported by Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

2013

Australia: Business Council of Australia  Increasing the Number of Women in Senior Executive Positions: Improving Recruitment, Selection and Retention Practices
This report has been prepared as a support tool for BCA member companies in reviewing their recruitment and promotion processes with a view to enhancing the numbers of women in senior leadership roles in their companies.

Australia: Bain & Company Creating a positive cycle: Critical steps to achieving gender parity in Australia
Examines the lack of women in senior executive positions and steps organisations can take to make tangible progress.

Australia: CEDA Women in Leadership: Understand the gender gap
Examines why women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions, looking at the full spectrum of issues from unconscious bias to tax arrangements to childcare.

Australia: The Korn/Ferry Institute The Diversity Scorecard: Measuring Board Composition in Asia Pacific
The Diversity Scorecard, is an in-depth research report that compares diversity on boards of directors in seven countries in Asia, including gender, age, educational qualifications, and ethnicity. The study’s findings underscore an urgent need for Asia's boards to recruit more diverse directors, especially now when so many companies are at a turning point.

Australia: KPMG ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations on Diversity: Analysis of disclosures for financial years ended between 31 December 2011 and 30 December 2012
This report provides an analysis of the disclosures made in relation to the diversity Recommendations by listed entities with a 30 December year end. It includes the first full reporting period (31 December 2011 to 30 December 2012) for a number of entities across the ASX since the diversity recommendations came into effect.

United Kingdom: Deloitte Women in the boardroom: A Global perspective Third Edition
This report provides an overview of several countries' legislation on quotas, percentage of women on boards and the initiatives adopted to increase the representation of women on boards and in senior management.

United States: Catalyst High Potentials in the Pipeline: On Their Way to the Boardroom
This report examines the pipeline of men and women ready and willing to serve on boards and the different executive experience men and women have that contribute to developing the leadership experience for which boards typically look.

United States: GMI Ratings 2013 Women on Boards Survey
This survey includes data on 5,977 companies in 45 countries around the world. The results show that progress on most measures of female representation continues to be slow.

United States: GMI Ratings Director Tenure and Gender Diversity in the United States: A Scenario Analysis
This report analyses the potential effect of replacing various percentages of long-tenured men (10 - 15 years) with women.

2012

Australia: Blackrock Glacial Change in Gender Diversity at ASX 200 Companies
BlackRock Australia’s diversity investigation of ASX 200 companies’ 2013 annual reports revealed two key findings: (1) the growth of representation of women on boards continues at a glacial pace; (2) disclosures made by ASX 200 companies regarding their gender polices point towards boards not appearing to take the issue seriously.

Australia: EOWA 2012 Census of Women in Leadership
The Australian Census of Women in Leadership has guided thinking and practice over the last decade. The Census has previously measured the number of women in board and senior executive positions in the ASX 2oo companies. This Census extends this analysis to ASX 500 companies.

Australia: KPMG
ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations on Diversity: Analysis of 31 December 2011 year end disclosures
This report provides an analysis of the disclosures made in relation to the diversity Recommendations by listed entities with a 31 December year end together with a review of the diversity practices adopted within the ASX Top 10 listed companies (ASX10).

Australia: Melbourne Business School
Gender Equality Project
The report analyses indicators that are typically considered when assessing gender diversity strategies and then analyse the personal and organisational factors that predict these different outcomes. 

Australia: YWCA Australia, ACOSS & Women on Boards reflecting gender diversity: An analysis of gender diversity in the leadership of the community sector inaugural survey results
Report on the representation of women on the boards and senior management teams of the community sector in Australia.

Canada: Canadian Board Diversity Council
2012 Annual Report Card
The report examines all 500 boards in the FP500 and the diversity characteristics of individual directors to assess whether diversity on Canadian boards is increasing or decreasing.

Global: booz&co.
Empowering the Third Billion Women and the World of Work in 2012
Discusses the nearly one billion women around the world that could enter the global economy during the coming decade and the evidence that suggests women can be powerful drivers of economic growth.

Global: Paul Hastings
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom
A global survey that looks at regional differences in how legislatures and regulators are addressing gender parity on the boards of listed companies.

Switzerland: Credit Suisse Research Institute
 Gender diversity and corporate performance
Looks at the impact of gender diversity on corporate leadership from a global perspective by analysing the performance of close to 2,400 companies with and without women board members from 2005 onward.

United Kingdom: Equality and Human Rights Commission Gender Diversity on Boards: The Appointment Process and the Role of Executive Search Firms
Examines the corporate board appointment process, how it operates in practice and the role of executive search firms in this process.

United States: GMI Ratings 2012 Women on Boards Survey
This survey includes data on over 4,300 companies in 45 countries around the globe.