Employing women in senior positions improves company performance

Companies which have women at high-level positions outperform those that don't

Employing women in boardroom positions can boost a company’s performance, a study has shown.

According to a study by Credit Suisse, ‘blue-chip’ companies with at least one woman on the board have outperformed those with no women in senior positions by 26 per cent over the last six years.

Companies with female directors also have less debt and outperform on share price.

Stefano Natella, co-head of securities research and analytics, says: ‘Greater gender diversity is a valuable additional metric to consider when evaluating investments.

‘The results of our analysis are irrefutable and for the first time offer a global view of this topic.’

Last month it was reported almost 45 per cent of all new board-level appointments have gone to women, and 16.7 per cent of FTSE 100 board seats are held by women.

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