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The Women on Boards: A Life Sciences Perspective report highlighted five key trends:

The Women on Boards: A Life Sciences’ Perspective report highlighted five key trends:

Balance and diversity make for better boards

Three out of five executives believe men and women should be equally represented and that diversity is the key to creating the ideal boardroom

Women make a unique contribution

60% of executives believe women bring different and much needed skills to the boardroom. Three quarters of respondents rated them higher than men for intuition and empathy

Culture and life choices determine boardroom balance

The three largest barriers identified to greater female representation were the different work/life choices facing women, the dominant male culture of the boardroom and a lack of direct board representation for business functions that typically have a high proportion of qualified female executives

Quotas are not the answer

Most would not support the introduction of quotas by the European Union or UK government. However a significant percentage are undecided on the subject – meaning that if substantial progress isn’t made they may switch to supporting quotas

Better management and staff development is key

Almost half highlighted more flexible working, proactive mentoring, greater transparency in recruiting and leadership endorsement as areas where the Life Sciences industry could improve and help redress the board gender balance.


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