Targets & Progress

The Hampton-Alexander Review set a target of 33% representation of women on FTSE 350 Boards and in Executive Committee and Direct Reports by the end of 2020. The Review captures over 23,000 leadership roles in 350 of Britain’s largest companies making the UK’s voluntary approach to improving women’s representation at the top table, arguably the biggest and most ambitious of any country.

What are the Hampton-Alexander Review FTSE 350 targets?

33%

  • Board positions to be held by women by 2020
  • Women’s representation on Leadership teams* by 2020

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*What is a Leadership team?

  • Leadership teams are members of the Executive Committee and those senior leaders who are Direct Reports to Executive Committee members. Sometimes its referred to as the ‘C-suite plus one”.
  • The Executive Committee are responsible for managing and running a company. It typically comprises the Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer and leaders of other key functions – including Legal and Operations.
  • The Executive Committees Direct Reports are those individuals that report directly to the Chief Executive, CFO and other functions day to day.

Women On Boards Progress To Date (as at November 2018)

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FTSE 100 Progress To Date

Women’s representation on boards of FTSE 100 companies has reached over 30% for the first time in history.

The increase this year is more in line with expectations, following two years of slow progress in 2016 and 2017. If this rate of progress continues, the 33% target is well within reach by 2020.

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FTSE 250 Progress To Date

Women’s representation on boards of FTSE 250 companies is just short of the 25% target set by the Davies Review for 2015.

Progress is slow, let down this year by an appointment rate of less than one in three vacancies going to women and 74 boards with only one woman at the table.

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Executive Committee and Direct Reports Progress (as at 30 June 2018)

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FTSE 100 Executive Committee

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FTSE 100 Direct Reports

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FTSE 100 Combined Executive Committee & Direct Reports

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FTSE 250

FTSE 250 Executive Committee

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FTSE 250 Direct Reports

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FTSE 250 Combined Executive Committee & Direct Reports

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FTSE 100 Progress To Date

Congratulations to the 19 FTSE 100 companies that have already reached the 33% target, many having substantially exceeded the target and with truly gender balanced leadership teams. Another 21 companies are looking on track to achieve the target by 2020. It is apparent these companies have been working hard for some time to recruit, retain and promote women in leadership.

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FTSE 250 Progress To Date

Congratulations to the 38 FTSE 250 companies that have already reached the 33% target, many having substantially exceeded the target and with truly gender balanced leadership teams. Another 31 companies are looking on track to achieve the target by 2020. It is apparent these companies have been working hard for some time to recruit, retain and promote women in leadership.

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