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Are Mandatory Gender Diversity Targets Coming for Public Companies in Ontario?

On June 7, 2016, the Ontario government announced that it has accepted all 11 recommendations set forth in Catalyst Canada’s report, Gender Diversity on Boards in Canada: Recommendations for Accelerating Progress (Report)....more

Ontario Encourages Gender Diversity Targets for Boards

The Ontario Government has announced a target that women comprise at least 40 percent of appointments to provincial boards and agencies by 2019 and is encouraging businesses to set gender diversity targets for their boards of...more

Blog: Board Gender Diversity? Hedge Fund Activists Fail Miserably But Women-Led Businesses Fare Better

As reported earlier this year on Bloomberg, when activists seek to replace directors at target companies, they rarely look to women. Bloomberg analyzed data regarding five of the biggest U.S. activist hedge funds, each...more

Bill H.R. 4718: Momentum forward?

In recent months, the call for regulatory intervention to promote gender diversity on U .S . boards of directors has gotten louder and become more urgent . The U .S . Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report...more

Privacy Tip #34 – Get women on your board—they are more attuned to risks facing the organization

As a member of Women in the Boardroom, I am a big supporter of adding more diversity, including women, to corporate boards. Now I have a new reason. According to the 2016 Global Board of Directors report, a collaboration...more

Blog: 2016 Global Board Of Directors Survey Highlights Differences In Viewpoints Between Male And Female Directors, Particularly...

The inaugural 2016 Global Board of Directors Survey of more than 4,000 directors of both public and large, privately held companies from 60 countries conducted by Spencer Stuart, the WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation...more

Thriving Through Transformation: How PayPal’s Emily Ward Used Her Network and Values to Define a Year

In 2015, Emily Ward, vice president and deputy general counsel at PayPal, was busy. Her itinerary included helping lead aspects of PayPal's separation from eBay, aiding PayPal's transition as its own company, organizing...more

EHRC supports a boost for board diversity

Board diversity is a hot topic in the City. Accordingly, it is no surprise that on 23 March 2016 the Equality and Human Rights Commission (the EHRC) shared new non-binding guidance for companies entitled: "How to improve...more

A Strategic Pause: How Lauri Shanahan Successfully Transitioned to Full Time Board Service

Lauri Shanahan, who went from being the chief legal and administrative officer of a multinational corporation (Gap Inc.), to sitting on the board of directors of three companies, insists that a key to her success has been to...more

PE Industry Working to Address Gender Equality

An increase in attention to and awareness of gender equality in private equity is a step in the right direction, experts say in a Law360 column. As a recent Preqin report notes, only 10.5% of senior roles at North...more

Maloney Introduces Board Gender Diversity Bill

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney introduced HR 4718, which would require that the SEC establish a Gender Diversity Advisory Group. The Group would be responsible for studying and making recommendations to the Commission on...more

Board Diversity

A group of Democratic Congressmen wrote to Chair White urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to take action to consider additional disclosure requirements...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.7.16

The Federal Reserve is now tossing around a proposal that would “effectively place[] a cap on how much business banks can do with another bank or company”—the idea being to prevent the 2008-era mistake of Wall Street banks...more

U.S. Senate and House Members Urge SEC to Require Further Board Nominee Diversity Disclosures

On March 2, 2016, a number of U.S. Senate and House members sent a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White urging the Commission to speed-up its review of a rulemaking petition that would require increased disclosures regarding...more

Defining Diversity

In 1970, Helen Reddy secured a record contract. Then, she changed music and helped to shape and define the women’s movement in the ’70s by recording 10 new songs, one of which was the iconic and enduring “I Am Woman,” which...more

Gender in the workplace – equal pay and equal representation for women

According to a forecast by the World Economic Forum, if the current rate of change continues, the economic gap between men and women globally will not close before 2133. However, recent statistics published by the BBC show...more

Corporate Governance Survey — 2015 Proxy Season Results

A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies - As outside legal counsel to a wide range of public companies in the technology and life sciences industries, many of which are based in Silicon...more

Society Warns ISS That Overboarding Policy Change Will Hurt Women And Minority Directors

Recently, I criticized ISS’ proposed changes to its policy on “overboarding”. Therefore, I was pleased to see that I wasn’t a lone voice crying in the wilderness. The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance...more

The California CDI’s Insurance Diversity Initiative

On November 4, 2015, the California Department of Insurance (CDI) hosted its 4th Annual Insurance Diversity Summit, and issued the results of its second Insurer Supplier Diversity Survey. These are significant outputs of...more

Improving the Gender Balance on British Boards

Lord Davies of Abersoch published on 29 October 2015, a five year review of his 2011 report aimed at improving the gender balance at the top of British business. There has been a significant improvement in the...more

Blog: Boards Still Pale, Stale And Male After All These Years. Could This Be Why?

PWC’s annual survey of almost 800 public company directors reveals that only 39% of directors surveyed viewed board gender diversity as “very important.” Moreover, men and women seem to have distinctly different views about...more

Regulators Issue Final Dodd-Frank Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Covered Entities in the Financial...

On June 9, 2015, six federal agencies (“Agencies”) subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Act”) issued much-anticipated joint final standards (“Final Standards”) in accordance with...more

Federal Agencies Issue Final Policy Statement Regarding Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices

On June 9, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Bureau of Consumer...more

Improving Board Performance: Scrap the Old Model

Corporate boards are under intense scrutiny – shareholder organizations are challenging boards in an attempt to improve board performance. Government prosecutors are focusing more on board responsibility for corporate...more

Be Global - March 2015

Brazil: Limit on Employer Obligation to Deduct Union Dues - The Brazilian Supreme Court has recently enacted Binding Precedent no. 40, which states that union support contributions are only payable by those who are...more

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