Women On Boards - Cable Launches Enhanced Code For Executive Recruiters
Business Secretary Vince Cable has welcomed the launch of an Enhanced Code of Conduct for executive search firms to support more women appointments to FTSE 350 boards.
Over 70 firms signed up to the original voluntary code of conduct launched in 2011. In response to the independent Sweeney review in February 2014, the search industry has developed a new enhanced code to recognise those firms driving progress and embedding higher standards.
The new Enhanced Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms gives recognition to those firms that have been most successful in the recruitment of women to FSTE 350 boards. It builds on the terms of the standard voluntary code and will also recognise the outstanding efforts of search firms working to build the pipeline of FTSE board directors of the future.
The Enhanced Voluntary Code was drawn up by the search firms themselves working with the Davies Steering Group. It contains 10 new provisions, from launching initiatives to support aspiring women to sharing of best practice and running awareness programmes within their own firms.
Under the new provisions, firms will provide evidence to the Davies Steering Group that they have:
• supported the appointment of at least 4 women to FTSE 100/250 boards over the last year
• achieved a proportion of at least 33% female appointments across all their FTSE 100/250 board work
• supported women in achieving their first FTSE 350 board appointment
• have fully delivered against more qualitative aspects of the Enhanced Code in their daily practices
The Enhanced Code requires search firms to submit summary data in an agreed format to the independent Davies Steering Group annually, to confirm they meet the requirements for accreditation under the code.
Executive search firms will also be encouraged to visibly signal their commitment to gender diversity on their websites and in discussion with clients, as well as publishing relevant summary data on their track record.
Mr Cable said: “Executive Search firms are crucial to achieving gender diversity in both executive and non-executive roles.
“Recruiters can best show their commitment to this work by embracing this new enhanced code.
“Now that all FTSE 100 boards have at least 1 woman serving on them, and all key stakeholders have embraced the gender diversity agenda, we are confident that with sustained and continued action, we will meet the target of 25% women on FTSE 100 boards by 2015.
“I am looking forward to finding out which firms have passed the higher standard set by industry.”
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