This is the fifth in a series of research reports from a global management consultancy. Surveys were distributed to major European firms, assessing female representation at board and executive committee levels, as well as the initiatives in place to transform gender diversity and the success of their implementation. Female representation on boards was found to have increased from 12 percent in 2007 to 17 percent in 2012, while representation on the senior executive had increased from 6 percent to only 10 percent.
The report provides data on women's comparative odds of advancement, on average, across all levels of the organisations studied, as well as a breakdown of this by industry. Data is also reported on a number of strategies initiated, and the percentage success of their implementation. Recommendations are provided for "four fundamental elements" necessary to successfully implement transformation within companies.