Women make up 51% of the South African population, but only 20,7% of the directors of JSE-listed companies are female. This, while Goal 5 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (2016) refers to achieving “gender equality” and empowering “all women and girls”.
As a woman-owned business in the corporate governance space, Boardvisory advocates strongly for the inclusion of women on corporate, public, and non-profit boards. In addition, Boardvisory supports women in their journey to the boardroom by hosting workshops, coaching aspiring women directors, and mentoring women.
It is interesting to note that gender equality is shown to improve company performance; specifically, that the full and effective presence of women on boards is an important trigger for “corporate governance mechanisms able to influence value creation processes and, more specifically, firm sustainability performance.”
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