Our Views

Quotas Do Not
Ensuing Benefits

We are interested in having women on boards for the benefits that it brings. Meeting quotas does not guarantee that benefits follow.

Suitable Women
are Available

Look beyond personal networks and re-examine the typical profile of board directors. The pool of candidates could be much larger than expected.

And Diversity
Can Co-Exist

We support appointing board directors based on merit. However, board diversity is crucial to achieve sustained, long-lasting change.

Boost Investor
Confidence Through Diversity Disclosure

Companies disclosing their board diversity policy in the right spirit will help raise the profile of Singapore-listed issuers.

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STATE OF board diversity disclosure OF SGX-LISTED ISSUERS

Listing Rules on board diversity disclosures came into effect for annual reports for financial years commencing on or after 1 January 2022. 

What is the state of reporting of listed issuers in Singapore? What are the views of selected retail, institutional and global investors on the quality of disclosures?

CBD 5th Anniversary event

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The Council for Board Diversity marked our 5th Anniversary on 31 August, with an event and forum held at the Shangri-La Singapore.

Our Patron, President Halimah Yacob, sat for a fireside moderated by Ms Sun Xueling, Minister of State for Social and Family Development & Home Affairs, during which President urged organisations to leverage diverse leadership. An all-women panel comprising 4 board chairpersons (Euleen Goh, Geraldine Chin, Chew Gek Khim, Cheong Hoon Kean) and a Senior Partner from McKinsey (Diaan-Yi Lin) discussed the changing role of boards in a VUCA world, including in harnessing diverse expertise and backgrounds as a business imperative.

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Features and Highlights

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Board Appointment Guide for Charities
Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies

“An effective board does not come by chance. Whether it is in attracting board members, developing them, evaluating performance, or preparing for succession, none of these happen on their own without conscious thought and planning. And they are more critical now than ever before, as the challenges that charities seek to address are getting more complex.”

Mildred Tan
Co-chair, Council for Board Diversity; Chair, Tote Board Singapore and Singapore University of Social Sciences

“The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted stakeholders to pay close attention to companies’ sustainability and resilience. Companies need to assure stakeholders that they can navigate constant change and uncertainty, anticipate risks and capture new opportunities.”

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Board Perspectives
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
Chairman of Ayala Corporation
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Euleen Goh
Chairman of SATS Ltd and Public Service Star recipient
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Lim Hock Chee
Chief Executive and a board director of Sheng Siong Group
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Progress of Women on Boards

Congratulations to organisations on
appointing women board directors