Paul Hastings report examines the pursuit of gender parity in boardrooms around the world


Efforts by corporations and governments around the globe have increased the number of women on corporate boards, however there is still significant room for improvement, according to the third edition of “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom,” a report from Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm. Although the debate over the best approach to increase representation continued in 2013, the report also showed strong consensus in many countries of the importance of building a strong pipeline of women candidates.

The 2013 edition of the report examines the legislative, regulatory, and private sector developments and trends of female representation on corporate boards in 35 countries. The latest report also provides updates on notable developments over the past 12 months, a chart of corporate governance codes for the countries surveyed, and an interactive website that includes video interviews with those who are making important contributions to the issue.

“The issue of gender parity on corporate boards continues to garner increased attention around the world,” said Tara Giunta, Paul Hastings Litigation partner and Editor of the report. “While it is increasingly becoming a key focus for both governments and the global business community at large, there is still much debate about the best strategies to close the gap and level the playing field. Paul Hastings’ report is intended to draw attention to the diverse approaches taken in various countries, spark new ideas and discussion, and to further help advance the issue,” she added.

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