10 Worst Excuses For Not Appointing Women To The Board


The team behind the government-commissioned Hampton-Alexander Review, which called on all FTSE 350 companies to aim for a minimum of 33% women's representation on their boards by 2020, has revealed the most outrageous explanations companies have used for not appointing more women to their boards.

The top 10 excuses for not appointing women were:

  • "I don't think women fit comfortably into the board environment"
  • "There aren't that many women with the right credentials and depth of experience to sit on the board - the issues covered are extremely complex"
  • "Most women don't want the hassle or pressure of sitting on a board"
  • "All the 'good' women have already been snapped up"
  • "Shareholders just aren't interested in the make-up of the board, so why should we be?"
  • "My other board colleagues wouldn't want to appoint a woman on our board"
  • "We have one woman already on the board, so we are done - it is someone else's turn"
  • "There aren't any vacancies at the moment - if there were I would think about appointing a woman"
  • "We need to build the pipeline from the bottom - there just aren't enough senior women in this sector"
  • "I can't just appoint a woman because I want to"

Commenting on the report, Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said the excuses were "appalling" and "patronising", while Amanda Mackenzie, chief executive of Business in the Community, said the excuses were more reminiscent of "1918, not 2018".

The Hampton-Alexander Review is due to publish its latest figures on the number of women on FTSE 350 boards on 27 June 2018.

Source: BEIS: Revealed: The worst explanations for not appointing women to FTSE company boards (31 May 2018) and BBC: Top 10 worst excuses for not appointing women executives (31 May 2018).

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