Board Diversity

Increase Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards

Catalyst is a catalyst in the movement toward boardroom diversity worldwide. Diverse boardrooms are good for business, yet most countries have very low representation of women on boards. Catalyst provides information on the current landscape, and ideas and solutions to make progress.   

Corporate Board Services is the home to board-related initiatives and programs, such as:

Catalyst also partners with other organizations pursuing a common mission of boardroom diversity.


Resources on boardroom diversity are listed below and touch various aspects of research, events, government actions and education. To learn more about this issue and Catalyst’s work in this area, sign up for our e-newsletter, Corporate Board Services Quarterly.


2015 Catalyst Census: Women Board Directors: This updated census entails a statistical overview of the gender leadership gap in S&P 500 companies, representing the United States.

Gender Diversity on Boards in Canada: Recommendations for Accelerating Progress: This report, commissioned by the Ontario Government, contains recommendations for advancing gender equity and best practices for accelerating women to boards.

Companies Behaving Responsibly: Gender Diversity on Boards: This report highlights how gender-diverse boards are good for business and society.

2014 Catalyst Census: Women Board Directors: This census includes the percentage of women on boards in different countries and regions around the world.

Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards: This free iPad App gives you interactive access to all of our board-related research on the go.  

2013 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500: Our annual census tells you the number of women in leadership in leading US companies.

2013 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500: Our biannual census counts the number of women in leadership at leading Canadian companies.

Missing Pieces: Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards: This collaboration with the Alliance for Board Diversity examines the numbers of women and minorities at leading US companies.

Setting the Record Straight: This series based on Catalyst census data debunks myths around boardroom diversity trends.

The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards: This report correlates gender diversity in the boardroom with financial performance.

High Potentials in the Pipeline: On Their Way to the Boardroom:  Learn about trends in the career paths of high potential women regarding their aspirations to serve on boards.

Increasing Gender Diversity on Boards: Current Index of Formal Approaches: This is a compilation of the legislative, regulatory, and voluntary approaches to boardroom diversity around the globe.

Women Leading Business: The 2013 Israeli Census Report on Women's Representation in Tel Aviv 100 Index Companies: This census charts the number of women on boards of TA-100 Index companies.

First Step: Gender Diversity at the Top Pays Off From the Boardroom to the C-Suite: This short piece summarizes how women on boards affect results.

National Australia Bank—Board Ready: Pathway to Potential: This member-only Practice describes how NAB created a training program to prepare women for board service.

Women on Corporate Boards Globally: This Quick Take includes data on women on boards in Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Japan and the United States, including board chairs and chairs of committees.

A Push for Change: Women on Public Company Boards in Canada and Australia: This chart illustrates the number of women on public boards in Canada and Australia relative to regulatory and legislative changes.

Other Resources


Corporate Board Summit: Solutions to Accelerate Progress


2013 CEO Summit: Solutions from the Boardroom for the Boardroom

Webinar Recordings

Catalyzing Blog Posts

Q & A with Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Recipients

Director education programs and networking organizations

Government Affairs

Catalyst supports H.R. 4718, the Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act of 2016, legislation to promote transparency regarding composition of senior leadership at public companies in the U.S.

Catalyst mentioned in the introduction of H.Res. 445, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that corporations should commit to gender diversity in boards of directors and other senior management positions in U.S. public companies.

Comment to the Ontario Securities Commission on proposed OSC amendments to corporate governance disclosure.

Comment to the US Securities Exchange Commission on proposed interagency policy statement establishing joint standards for assessing the diversity policies and practices of entities regulated by the agencies.

Media Mentions
Catalyst in the news: Find out where Catalyst has been mentioned in global media coverage about corporate boardroom diversity.