UK companies need more women on executive committees, says review

Originally published at The Guardian

Britain’s top companies should ensure that more women make it on to executive committees as well as into boardrooms, a government-backed review has recommended.

Companies listed on the FTSE 100 should have at least a third of their executive pipeline positions filled by women by 2020, the independent review led by Sir Philip Hampton, chairman of GlaxoSmithKline, and Dame Helen Alexander, chair of UBM, concluded. The 33% target is voluntary.

The aim is to ensure that there is a broader focus so that more women are employed in other senior roles below board level. At present, a quarter of people either sitting on FTSE 100 executive committees or reporting directly to them are women.

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