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Women in business 2020

Putting the blueprint into action

For more than 15 years, Grant Thornton has been reporting on gender diversity in senior management among the world’s mid-market businesses – businesses which form the engine-house of the global economy.

In 2019, we used that data, and knowledge gleaned from a global campaign, to set out the Blueprint for Action. Composed of six pillars, the Blueprint is designed to give companies the tools to deliver positive change in creating gender parity.

Through the Blueprint, Grant Thornton aims to act as an agent for change in the drive for greater diversity and inclusion, highlighting the importance of taking action to increase the numbers of senior women in business – for their own benefit, and that of the sectors they work in.

78% of mid-market* businesses globally are actively working on removing barriers to gender parity at senior levels according to the latest research from Grant Thornton’s International Business Report. 

The number of businesses driving initiatives such as ensuring developmental opportunities 34%, creating an inclusive culture (34%) and flexible working (31%), have all seen an increase across all those measured by the report. However, progress for the representation of women in senior leadership positions has stalled. Women currently hold 29% of senior leadership positions – the same as last year.

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