Australia: Quotas – the last straw or just the start?

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June 23, 2022

Australia: Quotas – the last straw or just the start?

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Australia: Quotas – the last straw or just the start? (Picture: Investment Magazine)

In Australia, we have just elected an historic gender and ethnically diverse Federal parliament with women’s representation in the lower house at 38% and over 50% in the Senate. Meanwhile, Sam Mostyn, of Chief Executive Women (CEW), laments “progress towards balanced leadership in decision making roles has stalled at unacceptably low levels (over the last five years)”. Overseas, last year the French parliament legislated a 40% gender quota for corporate leadership having dealt with political quotas in 2000.

Focusing on the issues targets or quotas are meant to address including the failings of merit, unconscious bias, and slow cultural change, we look at global research and back to our 2019 paper – The Long Game – Building a diverse talent pipeline.

Click here to read the full article published by Investment Magazine on 15 June 2022.

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Author: 
Michael Swinsburg
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Investment Magazine
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2022
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