Women in business: beyond policy
to progress

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We have been investigating the progress of women in business around the globe for 14 years, exploring how business leaders think and feel, and outlining practical steps that can create change.

In 2018, our Women in business: beyond policy to progress report finds global businesses have taken one step forward and one step back when it comes to gender diversity. While the number of businesses with at least one woman on their senior leadership team has significantly increased, the proportion of senior roles held by women has marginally declined. As a result, businesses are missing out on the benefits of true diversity – critical at a time when every sector is facing disruption. We call on businesses to go beyond policy to create an inclusive culture that leads to a genuinely diverse senior management team.

This page brings together our findings on the participation of women in senior leadership in businesses globally. We also set-out our insights and recommended actions business leaders can take to increase gender diversity in their businesses.