Progress

Balance for Better Business have set actionable and progressive targets for Irish listed companies to encourage companies to address the gender balance issue on their boards as a matter of priority.

We are pleased to note that progress has been achieved since the initiative was launched. The overall percentage of women on Irish publicly listed boards has increased in the last year from 14% to 16.4% and two of the ISEQ 20 companies have appointed women to their boards for the first time.

However, the momentum needs to accelerate and to be sustained for balance to be achieved. In recent years, Ireland has slipped further behind other EU member states.

Women on Corporate Boards

Targets

Balance for Better Business have set actionable and progressive targets for Irish listed companies to address the gender balance issue on their boards as a matter of priority.

We believe that setting targets is an important part of achieving change in most aspects of business, creating focus and milestones to inform action plans. We have set the following targets for the percentage of women on the boards of companies traded on the Euronext Dublin markets. To ensure momentum is maintained, we have also set interim yearly targets that represent milestones between 2020 and 2023. 

Targets for Women on Boards of Listed Companies

Current

By End of 2020

By End of 2021

By End of 2022

 

ISEQ20

20.9%

25%

27%

30%

 

Other listed companies

12.1%

18%

20%

22%

 

The targets are realistic but will involve a stretch for some companies. They have been carefully calibrated to achieve the momentum that is now needed for change. In order for companies to achieve or exceed the overall targets set, it is important that care is taken to ensure an appropriate percentage of female representation among new board appointments