Grant Thornton: 32% increase in female representation in senior management positions worldwide in 2022

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According to Grant Thornton’s global survey “Women in Business 2022: Highlighting Diversity”, the proportion of women in senior management positions worldwide has risen to 32%, up from 31% the previous year. In fact, this percentage remained for the second consecutive year above the 30% mark, which, according to surveys, is considered the minimum representation required to make a change in the business decision-making process.

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Regarding the effect of Covid-19 on Women Entrepreneurship, almost 3 in 4 companies worldwide (73%) agree that in their organization, the new work practices that resulted from the pandemic will benefit women’s careers in the long run, with the in fact, this percentage should record an increase of 4 percentage points compared to the previous year.

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At the same time, the proportion of companies worldwide that have not taken any action to ensure the principles of Integration and Equal Representation for both sexes in their work environment fell to 5% in 2022, compared to 8% in 2021, while it is characteristic that almost 1 in 2 companies (47%) carry out actions that promote the balance of professional and personal life for their employees. Creating an environment where people can freely express their ideas, concerns and questions also remains high on the list of relevant actions, with the participation of companies amounting to 44%.

On the occasion of the above data, Mr. Vassilis Kazas, Managing Partner of Grant Thornton in Greece states characteristically: “it is important for companies to create a working environment in which the values ​​of integration and equal representation will take shape, ensuring At Grant Thornton, we recognize the importance of these values, as 45% of our workforce is now made up of women. at 34%, while the corresponding percentage in the Management Committee of the company amounts to 27% “.

The most important findings of the research “Women Entrepreneurs 2022: Highlighting diversity” for 2022

– Women hold 32% of senior management positions in business worldwide, with this percentage increasing by 1 percentage point compared to the previous year.

– The percentage of women in senior management positions exceeded 30% in all geographical areas, with the highest rates being recorded in Africa (40%) and Southeast Asia (37%).

– 37% of companies worldwide have a woman in the position of Chief Finance Officer (CFO), a percentage increased by 1 percentage point compared to the previous year. Compared to the 2021 findings, the number of women Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) fell by 2 percentage points to 24%, while the percentage of women Chief Operating Officers (COOs) remained stable at 23%.

– The percentage of women in senior management positions in the Human Resources worldwide has increased by 1 percentage point compared to 2021, to 39%, remaining the position with the highest percentage of female representation.

How women’s business is shaped in Greece

In Greece, the percentage of women in senior management positions fell by 5 percentage points in 2022, to 28% compared to 33% in 2021, but remains at the second highest level since 2014. At the same time, the percentage of companies that do not employ any woman in senior management position increased to 22% compared to 13% last year.

However, it is encouraging that the percentage of women in the positions of CEO and Managing Director is now 16%, compared to 11% last year, returning close to levels that had moved in 2020 (17%). In addition, the percentage of women in CFO positions increased by 4 percentage points, to 36% compared to 32% in 2021. The percentage of women in senior management positions of Human Resources remained unchanged at 21%, while the percentage of women in COO positions, fell by 5 percentage points to 14%.

On the occasion of the above data, Mrs. Katerina Koulouri, Partner, Head of People Experience & Culture of Grant Thornton in Greece states characteristically: Recently, Grant Thornton became one of the first companies in Greece to receive the SHARE Equality Mark, sealing in the best way possible our ongoing efforts to promote reconciliation between work and private life, but and our contribution to shaping an inclusive, inclusive society with equal opportunities for all. ”

Greek companies report that the main actions implemented in the last 12 months to ensure the principles of Integration and Equal Representation for both sexes in their work environment are to promote the balance between professional and personal life and the possibility of greater flexibility for employees. (33%), the creation of an environment where all employees can openly express their ideas and concerns (27%), as well as the promotion of new work practices for the best possible involvement of employees (24%).

For her part, Alexandra Baltouka, Partner, Head of Marketing & Client Experience of Grant Thornton in Greece emphasizes: “Equal gender representation and respect for diversity in the work environment are now a top priority for any business that wants to It is particularly important that the main actions of companies to ensure equal opportunities are the balance of professional and personal life, the free expression and acceptance of the authenticity of employees, as they lay a solid foundation for building a better future, with respect for the individuality of every human being “.

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Source: Capital

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