2016 Global Board of Directors Survey

Spencer Stuart and Women Corporate Directors Foundation

The US consulting firm Spencer Stuart and WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation (WCD) have published a report which captures the good government practices, strategic priorities and views on board effectiveness of more than 4,000 corporate directors in more than 60 countries.  

Among the highlights of the report:

  • Directors are uncertain about global growth prospects.
  • The economy, the regulatory framework and cybersecurity are the three top policy issues for directors.
  • The directors favour the introduction of tools to trigger board renewal.
  • The reasons for the lack of gender diversity on boards are different depending on whether a man or a woman responds. Men think it is because there is a lack of qualified female candidates; women, however, state that diversity is not achieved because it is not a priority and because most board members deciding on new appointments are men.