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.

CBD 5th Anniversary event

Fireside Chat with President Halimah Yacob

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.



The Council for Board Diversity marked our 5th year in spearheading efforts to encourage organisations on their journey of leveraging board diversity for enterprise value on 31 August 2023. Themed Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World, the anniversary forum brought together exemplary women speakers – including Council patron, President Halimah Yacob – for engaging discussions on stewarding organisations in a time of change.


What happens when the Council for Board Diversity brings together chairs and members of board nominating committees (from top 100 listed companies on the Singapore Exchange) for a peer-sharing roundtable on the opportunities and challenges in achieving board diversity for enhanced business resilience?

A gathering of views. An opportunity to exchange knowledge and insights. A robust debate.

CBD Roundtable: Beyond Board Diversity Disclosures
Board Perspectives
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
Chairman of Ayala Corporation
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Board Perspectives
Euleen Goh
Chairman of SATS Ltd and Public Service Star recipient
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Board Perspectives
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