FTSE 100 firms reach target for women board members

Top UK companies have hit a voluntary target to increase the number of women UK board members to 25%, according to a report from Lord Davies into women’s representation at board level.

Thu, 29 Oct 2015Top UK companies have hit a voluntary target to increase the number of women UK board members to 25%, according to a report from Lord Davies into women’s representation at board level.

The report reveals 26.1% of FTSE 100 and 19.6% of FTSE 250 board members are women. The target was 25% by 2015 for FTSE 100 companies. There was no specific target for FTSE 250 companies.

FTSE 100 all-male boards have fallen in number from 152 in 2011 to none this year. Within FTSE 250 companies, this has fallen from 131 to 15.

Lord Davies has set a new target of a minimum of 33% for women’s representation on boards by 2020 in both FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 (FTSE 350) companies.

At the time of Lord Davies' last report on Women on Boards in February 2011, women made up just 12.5% of FTSE 100 board members and 7.8% of the FTSE 250.

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