Minister for Women Julie-Anne Genter last year set a compulsory target that women make up half of the directors on all state sector boards and committees by 2021.

This was a stretch goal, yet the public sector has jumped ahead to reach 50/50 representation at CEO level and close to parity at board level. The question is, do New Zealand's commercial organisations need targets too?

According to the latest NZX diversity data (January 2019), the percentage of women directors on listed company boards increased from 19.7 per cent to 22.5 per cent in 2018.

That percentage has been moving upwards

Advertisement
Advertisement