EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, welcomes news that the number of women on FTSE 100 boards has almost doubled in the last four years. However, with female boardroom gains centred on non-executive rather than executive directorships, it says that this must be the next focus.
Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, says: “Manufacturers account for a quarter of FTSE 100 companies so have a significant role to play in driving boardroom diversity. It is clear from this year’s Davies report and from our own Women in Manufacturing report that our sector is stepping up to the plate.
“However, meeting target is not enough. Gains in female board representation are being made in non-executive roles, but there continues to be a low number of women executive directors. This is something that the FTSE 100 as a whole must start to address if it is to be certain of attracting the best talent from the widest possible pool.”