Archives for January 2016
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
|Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
A Sexually Exploited Trafficked Survivor and a Labor Trafficked Survivor Share Their Stories and the Incredible Lives They Have Now
It is rare that you can hear trafficked survivors speak publicly about their stories. We are fortunate that two women have chosen to be with us to tell their stories:
Light refreshments served.
Investment: Members $10 Guests $20 Full Time Students Free
You must register by January 27th 12 noon for security.
Save the Dates:
February 2 – Members Only Cocktails and Conversation with BPW International Hong Kong Sister
February 27 – Annual General Meeting
March 11 & 12 – BPW International Leaders’ Summit All Day
March 14 – BPW International Gala Dinner and 85th Anniversary Celebration with BPW Members from Around the World
March 14 – 21 UN CSW 60 Free to Members
Photo Courtesy of Darren Tunnicliff/Flickr/Creative Commons License
We hope you can make it!
Dem rep: Companies should disclose gender of board nominees
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) wants to force publicly traded companies to disclose the gender, race and ethnicity of their board nominees when soliciting shareholder votes.
In a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Jo White on Monday, Maloney applauded the the agency’s challenge to all Fortune 1000 and S&P 500 companies to set a target of 40 percent women on their corporate boards by 2025.
“In order to meet this target, I urge the SEC to adopt a proposed amendment to proxy statement disclosures to require the clear indication of each board nominee’s gender, race, and ethnicity,” she said. “This proposal, submitted by the leaders of several large public pension funds, will allow investors and policymakers to evaluate companies’ progress towards the ambitious 40 percent goal.”Her letter is a response to the Government Accountability Office report released Monday, which found that women make up just 16 percent of seats on corporate boards.
Even if equal proportions of women and men joined boards each year beginning in 2015, the report said, it could take more than four decades for women’s representation on boards to be on par with that of men’s.
“That means a girl born today will still face the same disparities in the boardroom that her mother and grandmother faced” Maloney said in a news release. “At a minimum the SEC should update its deeply flawed diversity disclosure requirements, so that corporations have to report gender diversity.”
In her letter to the SEC, Maloney said even companies without a formal policy in place do better with women on their boards or a female CEO. She cited a recent report published by MSCI, which found that companies with “strong female leadership” generated a higher return on equity and valuation than companies lacking female leadership, and a 2014 Credit Suisse report that found companies with at least one woman on their board outperformed other companies by 5 percent.