The Bottom Line: Connecting Corporate Performance and Gender Diversity

Catalyst: Workplaces that Work for Women

The Bottom Line: Connecting Corporate Performance and Gender Diversity
Report by Catalyst: Workplaces that Work for Women
January 2004

Excerpt:

  • Companies with the highest representation of women on their top management teams experienced better financial performance than companies with the lowest women’s representation.

  • This finding holds for both financial measures analyzed: Return on Equity (ROE), which is 35 percent higher, and Total Return to Shareholders (TRS), which is 34 percent higher.

  • In each of the five industries analyzed, the companies with the highest women’s representation on their top management teams experienced a higher ROE than the companies with the lowest women’s representation.

  • In four out of five industries, the companies with the highest women’s representation on their top management teams experienced a higher TRS than the companies with the lowest women’s representation.

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