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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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
http://www.85broads.com 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
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
http://www.bpw-international.org/ 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 http://www.globewomen.org/cwdi/cwdi. 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
http://www.womencorporatedirectors.co 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
http://www.womenpresidentsorg.com/ '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
http://www.genderequalityproject.org/ 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
forum.com/news/category/posts/2011- 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
http://www.boardagender.org/ 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
http://www.communitybusiness.org/WO 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 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 Organisation Chief Executive Women has a shared goal to facilitate greater representation of women at senior levels of Australian business,
https://www.cew.org.au/ 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
http://www.womenonboards.org.au/ 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
Oceania appointments) http://www.dhcs.act.gov.au/women/act_ indicated an interest in nominating for appointment to ACT Government and non-government boards and
AppointWomen is a register that gives women an opportunity to be considered for appointment to a
Australia and AppointWomen (for Government http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/women/pr variety of Australian Government boards and other decision making bodies. It is managed by the
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
Oceania Government appointments) women in leadership positions in the Northern Territory. The Register identifies women who are
https://womenonboard.nt.gov.au/ 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
Oceania Government appointments) http://www.boards.dpc.nsw.gov.au/ accountability across many areas of NSW Government activity.
Queensland Register of Nominees to
Australia and http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/wo
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 http://www.officeforwomen.sa.gov.au/? 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-
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 http://www.publicsector.wa.gov.au/publi 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 Registers Women in Sport Leadership Register http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating 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.
http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/cd 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,
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,
New Zealand Organisation Women on Boards http://www.mwa.govt.nz/women-on- 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
New Zealand Registers Women on Boards Nomination Database http://www.mwa.govt.nz/women-on- 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 http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010- “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe”3, a call on publicly listed companies in Europe to sign a
Pledge for Europe 2014/reding/womenpledge/index_en.ht 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,
http://www.europeanpwn.net/ Paris, Stockholm, Romania, Vienna and Warsaw.
Europe France Organisation Action de femme http://www.actiondefemme.fr/accueil.ht 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
http://www.fidar.de/home.html 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
http://www.nwci.ie/ 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
http://www.30percentclub.org.uk/ 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
http://www.hightech- Women is to mentor, encourage, teach, and share, facilitating the advancement of women in technology
women.com/business.html 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
http://www.boardsforum.co.uk/ 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
http://www.caaws.ca/e/index.cfm 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
http://www.sitatthetable.org/ 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
http://www.womenonboard.ca/home/d experienced women to serve on boards, and foster growth in the number of experienced, board-ready
efault.asp potential female directors.
http://www.womenonboard.ca/Women 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
http://www.2020wob.com/ 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)
http://www.boardroomdiversity.org/ 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
http://www.ionwomen.org/ 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
http://www.thebostonclub.com/ 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
http://www.fwa.org/ 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 http://www.ewcpittsburgh.org/ economic power of executive and professional women.
Stanford Women on Boards Registry & http://alumni.gsb.stanford.edu/women/c 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.