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Who’s on Board?

Creating a diverse board is not easy, as the numbers clearly demonstrate. But the companies below have found a way to do it, even in markets where the pipeline is quite small. The below success stories offer compelling insights and specific takeaways useful for any organization on this journey.

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Unilever CEO Paul Polman on Diversity’s Strategic Importance

Why change must come from the top.

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Pushing Past Cultural Norms

Discovering strong female talent in a challenging market

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United States

First Skills, then Potential

How the chocolate company looked at potential to find top candidates

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Hong Kong

Committee Leaders Count

How a Chair and committed director prioritized diversity

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Diversity as Business Imperative

How a diverse board can create a competive edge

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Doubling Down on Diversity

How a consumer company built a board that looks like its customers

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Balancing Diversity and Efficiency

The chair shares how boardroom dynamics change with diversity

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Looking Past Gender

This retailer sought digital and retail skills and got diversity as a result

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United States

Forethought and Flexibility

A board changed its own size to accommodate a wealth of female talent

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For more information about this study or about Egon Zehnder’s board and diversity work, please contact:

Cynthia Soledad
Global Diversity Practice
Karoline Vinsrygg
Global Diversity Practice
Ashley Summerfield
Global Board Practice
  • Project Lead, Global Diversity Specialist: Katrin Sier
  • Project Lead, Communication: Astrid Carniaux
  • Research: Raminder Kaur, Atul Dhingra with data from BoardEx
  • Communication Strategy: Hilary Crnkovich, Stacy Drumtra
  • Design Lead: Markus Schuler
  • Design Agencies: Zoo&Co and Moving Brands
  • Digital Lead: Luke Sherwin
  • Web Agency: Shed Collective
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