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Executive Summary: 2014 Survey of Women on Boards

Download the executive summary of the 2014 Survey of Women on Boards on global trends, country trends and case studies, tax havens and regulatory arbitrage and more.

Board diversity is one of the most prominent corporate governance issues today. Many institutional investors believe that governance can be enhanced when boards include directors with a diverse range of backgrounds, perspectives, skills and experience, as well as gender diversity. In this year’s annual report concerning women on boards, MSCI found that there continues to be a slow increase in the overall percentage of women on boards globally. Among MSCI World companies, women currently hold 17.3% of all directorships. Further, we found that boards with gender diversity above and beyond regulatory mandates or market norms had fewer instances of governance-related scandals such as bribery, corruption and fraud.