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Statistics

15.2%

women on boards of Top 100 primary-listed companies as at 31 December 2018(Click here for DAC’s Report)

23%

women on boards
of Statutory Boards

27%

women on boards
of Top 100 Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs)

News and Highlights

Overseas asset management and proxy advisory firms with investments in Japanese firms are voting against the selection of chairmen, presidents and nominating committee members at companies with no female board members.

A Willis Towers Watson study on the top 100 companies listed on the SGX over the past three years found strong relationships between six diversity attributes and company financial performance. Find the infographic summary here. Read article on BT here.

“We embarked on our board renewal process in 2017 with a clear view to bringing in greater expertise especially in disciplines that are new to the group.  … We have also added more female directors as part of our commitment to gender equality.” – Group chairman Lim Jit Poh

Sir Roger Carr, winner of the NED Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, shares his views on what makes a good Non-Executive Director.

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Events

1012 Jul
1216 Aug
Course (in Singapore)International Company Directors Course
by AICD
From 17Sep
Course (in HK)Non-Executive Director Diploma Asia
by Financial Times
89 Oct
Course (in UK)The Effective Non-Executive Director Programme
by Financial Times
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Interviews and Speeches

Chua Sock Koong, Singtel Group CEO

Chua Sock Koong

Group CEO, Singtel

“I’m often asked how I’ve managed to make it this far as a woman. I’m sure if I were a man, I wouldn’t be asked this question to begin with.”

Read Ms Chua’s speech at FutureBoards Cross-Border Dialogue.

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President Halimah Yacob

“Organisations that turn thought into action sooner rather than later, by casting the net wide to look for the best and most diverse talents and experience to serve on their boards, will position their organisations well.”

Read President’s Speech announcing the formation of the Council for Board Diversity here.

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Peter T. Grauer

Chairman, Bloomberg LP

“Lack of (board) diversity can no longer be gotten away with by citing a lack of ‘supply’. We must recognize that it is clearly a matter of demand – and that precedent-setting demand must come from the very top of companies.”

Read Mr Grauer’s Keynote at DAC’s event here.

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Panel Discussion at Chairman to Chairman Conversation

* Peter Seah, Chairman, DBS Bank and Singapore Airlines
* S.S. Teo, Executive Chairman and Managing Director, PIL

shared their views on how companies steer through disruptive changes in technology, markets and supply chains, and issues of board diversity and resilience. Read key takeaways here.

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Resources

Key Advice from Female First-Time Directors
Compiled by the Diversity Action Committee

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(L-R) Front: Loh Boon Chye, Minister Desmond Lee, President Halimah Yacob, A/P Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Mildred Tan
Middle: Rachel Eng, Goh Swee Chen, Simon Israel, SS Teo, Kay Kuok, Janet Ang, Suhaimi Zainul-Abidin
Top : Ong Chong Tee, Ong Toon Hui, Chan Wai Ching, Tham Sai Choy, Dr June Goh, Dr Lee Tung Jean, Junie Foo
(Not in photo: Edmund Cheng, Piyush Gupta, Sherman Kwek, Mary Liew)