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					                                                                                         Women on Boards Organisations and Registers
Disclaimer: The UN Global Compact has compiled the following list of organizations promoting greater participation of women on boards and in senior management positions.
The list has primarily been gathered from online searches, and the organizations listed have not been through any vetting or due diligence process, and inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement of the individual organizations or initiatives.
It is provided for the purposes of connecting companies with organizations that may help them achieve diversity at board and senior management levels.

This list is not necessarily complete. If you know of an organization or register that should be added to this list,
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Where: Region                                      Type                             Who?                                         Website                                                                        About
                                                                                                                                                             85 Broads is a global network of 30,000 trailblazing women who are inspired, empowered, and connected.
Global                                       Organisation       85 Broads
                                                                                                                                                             The Regional Chapters develop and strengthen their global presence through exclusive workshops and
                                                                                                                            events featuring industry experts. Currently, ther are 36 professional Regional Chapters worldwide.

                                                                                                                                                       The International Federation of Business and Professonal Women (BPW International) has become one of
                                                                BPW: International Federation of Business                                              the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in 95
Global                                       Organisation
                                                                and Professional Women                                                                 countries in five continents. BPW has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social
                                                                                                                                                       Council (ECOSOC) and participatory status with the Council of Europe. Its members include influential
                                                                                                            women leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, professionals and young career women.
                                                                                                                                                       A non-profit membership organization with offices in the United States, Canada, Europe and India, that
Global                                       Organisation       Catalyst                                                                               provides information and counsel on creating workplaces the enable women and their employers to
                                                                                                                                                       Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI) promotes the increased participation of women in
Global                                       Organisation       Corporate Women Directors International  corporate boards globally, fosters national and international networks to link women directors, and seeks
                                                                                                                  htm                                  to hone directors’ skills in corporate governance.

                                                                                                                                                        WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) fosters international network by providing an intimate and trusted
Global                                       Organisation       Women Corporate Directors                                                               community to learn, brainstorm and problem-solve global issues. With over 1,400 members who serve on
                                                                                                         over 1,550 boards, WCD membership provides a unique opportunity for networking, making new friends,
                                                                                                                  m/                                    and learning from the intellectual capital of accomplished women from all over the world.
                                                                                                                                                        The WPO is a non-profit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies.
Global                                       Organisation       Women Presidents’ Organization                                                          Members of the WPO take part in professionally-facilitated peer advisory groups in order to bring the
                                                                                                         'genius out of the group' and accelerate the growth of their businesses.
                                                                                                                                                        The Gender Equality Project is a Swiss non-profit organization working with large organizations around the
                                                                                                                                                        world to close the gap in opportunities between men and women in the workplace.
Global                                       Organisation       The Gender Equality Project                                                             The Project's goal is to transform workplaces, so that men and women can find fulfillment in both the
                                                                                                                                                        personal and professional spheres of their lives, and so that organizations can turn the talent, creativity
                                                                                                         and intelligence that comes with gender equality into a success.
                                                                                                                                                        Launched in 2010 in collaboration with Ernst & Young, CEO Champions is a global CEO-only group designed
                                                                                                                  http://www.womens-                    to drive progress and accountability for women’s advancement within the private sector. It presents an
Global                                       Initiative         CEO Champions of Deauville
                                                                                                         opportunity for CEOs to underscore their organization’s commitment to women’s advancement as well as
                                                                                                                  ceo-champions                         take a strong leadership role in the broader global business community.

Asia                   Singapore             Organisation       BoardAgender                                                                                 BoardAgender is a forum to facilitate greater awareness and understanding of the benefits of gender
                                                                                                                       balanced business, and the advancement of more women into senior leadership roles and the boardroom.

                                                                                                                                                             ACommunity Business (CB) is a unique membership based non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing
Asia                   Hong Kong             Organisation       Community Business in Asia
                                                                                                                Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Asia. As part of our work on Diversity & Inclusion, since 2009 they
                                                                                                                  B/2012/Womenonboards.htm                   have been looking at the representation of women on boards – specifically in Hong Kong and India.
Australia and                                                   Australian Institute of Company Directors –
                       Australia             Organisation                                                         rector-Resource-Centre/Governance-and- A range of initiatives to help to achieve a greater representation of women on boards and in senior
Oceania                                                         Board Diversity Initiatives
                                                                                                                  Director-Issues/Board-Diversity        executive positions.
                                                                                                                                                         AWMN was the first web-based women's mentoring network established in Australia (and one of the first
                                                                                                                                                         of its kind in the world) when it was founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Catherine Seton. Since then it has
Australia and
                       Australia             Organisation       Australian Women’s Mentoring Network                                                     grown to include almost 1500 amazing women from diverse and varied backgrounds, industries and
                                                                                                                                                         professions, who are committed to the process of mentoring and the development of personal and career
                                                                                                                                                         CEW is a member-based organisation, comprising over 200 of Australia’s leading business women. CEW
Australia and
                       Australia             Organisation       Chief Executive Women                                                                    has a shared goal to facilitate greater representation of women at senior levels of Australian business,
                                                                                                                        government and the not-for-profit sectors.
                                                                                                                                                         WOB started as an informal network in 2001 and was founded as a company in 2006 to improve the
Australia and                                                                                                                                            gender balance on Australian boards. WOB partners with the corporate, government and non-profit
                       Australia             Organisation       Women on Boards
Oceania                                                                                                                                                  sectors to hold events, host programs, create opportunities for women and coach and mentor them into
                                                                                                               career and director roles.
                                                                                                                                                         The ACT Women's Register is a way of matching women who have relevant skills and expertise with board
Australia and                                                   ACT Women's Register (for Government                                                     and committee vacancies. The Register is a database containing information provided by women who have
                       Australia             Registers
Oceania                                                         appointments)                            indicated an interest in nominating for appointment to ACT Government and non-government boards and
                                                                                                                  womens_register                        committees.
                                                                                                                                                         AppointWomen is a register that gives women an opportunity to be considered for appointment to a
Australia and                                                   AppointWomen (for Government             variety of Australian Government boards and other decision making bodies. It is managed by the
                       Australia             Registers
Oceania                                                         appointments)                                     ogserv/equal/Pages/leadership_represen Australian Government Office for Women, within the Department of Families, Housing, Community
                                                                                                                  tation_opportunities.aspx              Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Australia and                                                   Northern Territory Women's Register (for                                                     The Women's Register is an initiative of the Office of Women's Policy aimed at increasing the number of
                       Australia             Registers
Oceania                                                         Government appointments)                                                                     women in leadership positions in the Northern Territory. The Register identifies women who are
                                                                                                                    interested in nominating to Government and business sector boards, authorities and committees.
Australia and                                                   NSW Premier's Department Register (for                                                       NSW Government boards and committees play an important role in providing leadership, direction and
                       Australia             Registers
Oceania                                                         Government appointments)                          accountability across many areas of NSW Government activity.
                                                                Queensland Register of Nominees to
Australia and                                                                                           
                       Australia             Registers          Government Bodies (for Government
Oceania                                                                                                           men/leadership-and-community/women- The Queensland Register of Nominees to Government Bodies is a confidential database of people of
                                                                                                                  on-boards/register-of-nominees          different backgrounds who are interested in being on a Government board.
                                                                                                                                                          The Office for Women maintains a database with the curriculum vitaes of skilled and experienced women
Australia and                                                                                                                                             who have nominated as being interested in serving on boards and committees. The Office promotes the
                       Australia             Registers          SA Premier's Directory
Oceania                                                                                                  Premier's Women's Directory to the government, community and private sectors as a useful resource of
                                                                                                                  page_id=24                              women available for nomination to boards and committees.
Australia and                                                   Victorian Women's Register (for Government
                       Australia             Registers                                                            involvement/women-in-the-
Oceania                                                         appointments)
                                                                                                                  community/women-as-leaders/victorian- The Victorian Women’s Register aims to ensure that women are equally represented and to encourage
                                                                                                                  womens-register                         women to lead and become decision makers in the community.
                                                                                                                                                          The Good Governance for Boards and Committees section of the Public Sector Commission website
                                                                                                                                                          establishes a framework of what good governance looks like for a public sector board. It provides
Australia and                                                   WA Register of Interested Persons (for
                       Australia             Registers                                                   statements of principles, and supports these with explanatory information to give them practical meaning,
Oceania                                                         Government appointments)
                                                                                                                  c-administration/governance/good-       and are applicable cross the wide range of the boards or committees found in the Western Australian
                                                                                                                  governance-boards-committees            public sector.
                                                                                                                                                          The Women in Sport Leadership Register has been designed to provide that opportunity by connecting
                                                                                                                                                          sport with potential female board and administration candidates. This register has been developed to
Australia and
                       Australia             Registers          Women in Sport Leadership Register       support the unique sports industry and is a free service. Women with the qualifications, experience and
                                                                                                                  /women/get_involved/leadership_registe interest in gaining a leadership role in sports organisations may enter their details online for consideration
                                                                                                                  r                                       for inclusion in the Women in Sport Leadership Register.
                                                                                                         The Tasmanian Women’s Register is a secure on-line database of women who would like to be appointed
Australia and                                                   Women Tasmania (for Government                    d/programs_and_services/women_on_b to Government boards and committees. The Register assists in identifying suitable women who are skilled,
                       Australia             Registers
Oceania                                                         appointments)                                     oards_and_committees/about_the_regist experienced and interested in appointment. The Register is administered by the Community Development
                                                                                                                  er                                      Division, in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
                                                                                                                                                          The website aims to inspire more women to join boards and committees. It provides governance advice,
Australia and
                       New Zealand           Organisation       Women on Boards                                 tools and information drawn from the expertise of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and experienced
                                                                                                                  boards                                  women directors.
                                                                                                                                                          The Nominations Service is part of the Ministry of Women's Affairs. The Service keeps a database of
Australia and
                       New Zealand           Registers          Women on Boards Nomination Database             women from all sectors and professions who have the appropriate skills and experience to serve on
                                                                                                                  boards/what-we-do/nominations-service boards and committees.

                                                                European Commission – Women on the Board            “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe”3, a call on publicly listed companies in Europe to sign a
Europe                                       Initiative
                                                                Pledge for Europe                        2014/reding/womenpledge/             voluntary commitment to in- crease women’s presence on their corporate boards to 30 % by 2015 and 40
                                                                                                         m                                               % by 2020 by means of actively recruiting qualified women to replace outgoing male members.
                                                                                                                                                         EPWN is a dynamic fast-growing online and offline networking and leadership development platform for
                                                                                                                                                         professional women of all sectors and industries. With 3000+ members and more than 90 nationalities,
Europe                                       Organisation       European Professional Women’s Network                                                    EPWN organizes 400+ events a year in 20 cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen,
                                                                                                                                                         Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille-Provence Milan, Nice- Côte ‘Azur, Oslo,
                                                                                                                    Paris, Stockholm, Romania, Vienna and Warsaw.
Europe                 France                Organisation       Action de femme                          French organisation focusing on promoting women's presence in boards and the high place of decision
                                                                                                                                                         Fidar calls for measures to increase women's participation in the supervisory boards of German
Europe                 Germany               Organisation       FidAR – Frauen in die Aufsichtsräte
                                                                                                                  corporations and to significantly increase the proportion of women in top management.
                                                                                                                                                         The national representative organisation for women and women's groups, with over 150 affiliated groups
Europe                 Ireland               Organisation       National Women’s Council of Ireland
                                                                                                                            and organisations.

Europe                 United Kingdom        Organisation       30% Club                                                                                     The 30% Club is a group of Chairmen voluntarily committed to bringing more women onto UK corporate
                                                                                                                   boards. On average, FTSE-100 companies have only 16.0% female representation on their boards.
                                                                                                                                                             Online networking and resources for businesswomen and female entrepreneurs working in the City of
Europe                 United Kingdom        Organisation       City Women's Network
                                                                                                                                                             HighTech Women is geared towards bringing together women in a congenial community to meet people
                                                                                                                                                             involved in the technology industry. It is also an environment where experienced women reach out to
                                                                High Tech Women (technology and technology-
Europe                 United Kingdom        Organisation                                                                                                    those just coming up in high-tech and related fields and give them a helping hand. The object of HighTech
                                                                related sectors)
                                                                                                                  http://www.hightech-                       Women is to mentor, encourage, teach, and share, facilitating the advancement of women in technology
                                                                                                                            and technology related fields.
                                                                                                                                                             The Forum gives leading chairmen instant access to excellent NED talent and gives women an opportunity
Europe                 United Kingdom        Organisation       Professional Boards Forum
                                                                                                                      to demonstrate their strengths, experience and judgement.
                                                                                                                                                             Women on Board has been initiated here in the UK to help to address and improve the gender balance on
                                                                                                                                                             UK company boards. Women on Board partners with many professional women’s networks as well as
Europe                 United Kingdom        Organisation       Women on Board                                                                               corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations to create opportunities for women, mentor
                                                                                                                                                             women into Directorships and ensure a high level of dynamic interaction across its large and influential
                                                                                                                                                             CAAWS’ Women and Leadership Network is an online community for women leaders in sport and physical
                                                                Canadian Association for the Advancement of
North America          Canada                Organisation                                                                                                    activity. It is the go-to place where members can build their skills, connect, share ideas, discuss issues, find
                                                                Women and Sport
                                                                                                                    solutions, and take action
                                                                                                                                                             The Sit at the Table focus is to help women find the resources they need to prepare for their new role as a
North America          Canada                Organisation       Sit at the Table
                                                                                                                      Director or C-Suite Executive.
                                                                                                                                                             Women On Board promotes the appointment of women to Canadian corporate boards. We support a
                                                                                                                                                             more competitive corporate Canada by linking companies with our valuable network of skilled and
North America          Canada                Organisation       Women on Board
                                                                                                                  experienced women to serve on boards, and foster growth in the number of experienced, board-ready
                                                                                                                  efault.asp                                 potential female directors.
                                                                                                                   WomenOnBoard Source is a valuable resource for Canadian corporate boards of directors seeking
North America          Canada                Registers          WomenOnBoard Source
                                                                                                                  OnBoardSource/Source.asp                   qualified women corporate directors to serve on their boards.
                                                                                                                                                             A national campaign to increase the percentage of women on US company boards to 20% or greater by the
North America          United States         Organisation       2020 Women on Boards
                                                                                                                            year 2020.
                                                                                                                                                             A project of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, the Boardroom Diversity website is a repository for
                                                                Boardroom Diversity (a project of the SAIS
North America          United States         Organisation                                                                                                    news and information about legislative and voluntary initiatives around the globe to increase gender
                                                                Center for Transatlantic Relations)
                                                                                                                 diversity in the boardroom and throughout corporate leadership.
                                                                                                                                                             The InterOrganizationNetwork (ION) consists of 15 regional organizations in the United States representing
                                                                                                                                                             more than 10,000 women in business across a wide range of industries. Through ION, these women
North America          United States         Organisation       InterOrganizationNetwork (ION)
                                                                                                                                                             combine their energies in advocating the advancement of women to positions of power in the business
                                                                                                                           world, especially to boards of directors and executive suites.
North America          United States         Organisation       Women Executive Leadership
                                                                                                                  om                                     A not-for-profit organization that advocates, educates and connects female business leaders.
                                                                                                                                                         The Boston Club is a community of women executives and professionals that promotes the advancement
North America          United States         Organisation       The Boston Club
                                                                                                                  of women to significant and visible leadership roles.
                                                                                                                                                         The Financial Women’s Association brings together high achieving professionals from every sector of the
North America          United States         Organisation       Financial Women’s Association
                                                                                                                            financial world.
                                                                Executive Women's Council of Pittsburgh -                                                The mission of EWC is to provide leadership and facilitate opportunities to increase the political and
North America          United States         Registers
                                                                Women on Boards Initiative                        economic power of executive and professional women.
                                                                Stanford Women on Boards Registry &      SWB BoardDNA Registry serves as a virtual clearinghouse where director searches and Stanford women
North America          United States         Registers
                                                                Clearinghouse                                     orpboards/board-dna.html               candidates can be matched.

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