UK - Women are heavily under-represented in British boardrooms, a study by the Ethical Investment Research Service has found.
Research at 1817 companies on the FTSE All World Developed Index revealed that 7.4% of UK companies had female directors, slightly above the 7.1% global average.
Scandinavian countries topped the table, with Norway – where politicians threatened to introduce legislation unless more women were appointed to boards – having 21.1% of female directors.
Countries in southern Europe were found to have substantially fewer women on the board with Spain (3.8%), Italy (2.6%) and Portugal (0.8%) performing poorly compared to other European companies.
Japan had fewest women directors (0.4%).
Eiris head of research Jeremy Baskin said: “Women remain heavily under-represented in the boardroom in all developed countries, despite their substantial labour force participation rate.
“Even at the top end of the scale, company boards still comprise only one-fifth women.”
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