Helen Rumbelow: Single-sex experiments have had their day

My thanks to Jeff for pointing me to an article in yesterday’s Times. It includes this gem:

The economic case has been proved for diverse boardrooms. 

Well, I couldn’t let that one go without commenting, could I? My reply, which has been published, is here:

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Male FTSE350 company directors to start self-identifying as women to meet government gender quota targets

In 2012 Mike Buchanan gave oral evidence to a House of Commons inquiry, presenting the committee with the already well-established causal link between appointing mmore women to corporate boards, and financial decline. The business sector has cravenly complied with government demands for more women on boards since the publication of the Davies report in 2011.

A piece in today’s Times reports that if new proposals from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are accepted, large firms will be able to meet government recommended gender quotas through male directors self-identifying as women. We were contacted yesterday by a (white male) executive director of a FTSE350 company who says he and another (white male) director plan to do exactly that, to avoid taking on useless “diversity hires”. They are also considering self-identifying as BME to meet a government recommended quota in that area.

Women on Boards – censorship of comments by “The Times”

Today’s edition of The Times included an article on women on boards. I posted three short pieces linking to the evidence of a causal link between more women on boards and corporate financial decline – the third was addressed to moderators – and all were removed very swiftly (or not published at all) by moderators. The first and third are here.

The evidence of the causal link is here. I am considering cancelling my subscription to The Times. We expect ideologically-driven censorship like this from The Guardian but not The Times, although The Times is resolutely uncritical of feminism and feminists, employing many feminist “journalists”.

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Dame Helena Morrissey is a LIAR

My thanks to Jeff for this. The Mail has published a ludicrous article by Dame Helena Morrissey, titled, “Why women really SHOULD rule the world (or at least run more businesses), according to City superwoman DAME HELENA MORRISSEY”.

Dame Helena Morrissey is the mother of nine children and for many years a leading light in campaigns to increase the proportion of women on corporate boards in the UK. A central claim in her campaigning has been that evidence shows that appointing more women to corporate boards leads to improved corporate financial performance, i.e. there is a causal link.

SHE’S A LIAR.

She is mis-representing correlation as causation. We have been publicising the evidence of a causal link between more women on boards and corporate financial DECLINE since our launch in 2012. I presented much of that evidence to the House of Commons “Women in the Workplace” inquiry in November 2012, here (video, 56:49).

The eagerness with which senior businessmen – chairmen and CEOs among them – have jumped on the bandwagon of “more women on boards” is shameful. Blithering idiots, one and all.

It is high time the media exposed Morrissey as the egregious LIAR she has been for so many years.

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Our public challenge of 38 people at “The Pipeline”

Our thanks to a number of people for pointing us to an article in today’s Daily Mail. The title is, “Want to boost profits? Hire more women! Large companies with no female executive committee members ‘missed out on £47 billion last year’, research claims.” The research is attributed to “The Pipeline”.

The 38 people presented as being “the team” at The Pipeline – mostly women, a few men – are here. I’ve just sent this public challenge to all 38 people through the only email on the website, admin@execpipeline.com:

A public challenge to all 38 people associated with your organization

Good afternoon. My attention has been drawn to an article in the Daily Mail today, in which your organization is reported as claiming that hiring more women to corporate boards will increase profits, i.e. you are claiming a causal link. Whether knowingly or otherwise, you are misrepresenting correlation as causation.

Since 2012 I have run Campaign for Merit in Business and until recently the political party Justice for Men & Boys. I am now the party chairman.

The only way to demonstrate a causal link between more women on boards, and a financial impact, would be through longitudinal studies. I know of six longitudinal studies which have demonstrated a causal link between more women on boards and corporate financial decline, and I know of none which have shown a causal link with corporate financial improvement. Can you please supply me with details of the longitudinal studies which form the basis of your claims? Thank you.

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Adrienne Liebenberg, businesswoman who sued DS Smith, FTSE 100 company, after she was sacked from £200K-a-year job ‘because she did not want to talk about football and go out drinking with ‘the lads”, LOSES sexism claim

A piece in the Daily Mail from 30 June. Far too much of the piece is taken up with the unsubstantiated claims made by Adrienne Liebenberg. The start:

A £200,000 a year businesswoman who claimed she was sacked from a major FTSE 100 company because she did not want to discuss football and go out drinking with ‘the lads’ has lost her sexism claim.

Adrienne Liebenberg was fired from her job as Director of Global Sales, Marketing and Innovation at international packing conglomerate DS Smith in December 2018 after being told that her leadership style was ‘not working’.

However Ms Liebenberg who had previously worked at oil and gas giant BP Castrol – took the firm to an employment tribunal, arguing that she had been sacked because of her gender.

Ms Liebenberg alleged that she was marginalised at DS Smith because did not want to join in with the male banter and work style.

She claimed that key business decisions were often taken over boozy dinners with a ‘gang’ of senior male employees – where the practice was ‘bonding, drink, and football’.

It was an interesting case, which she lost. The Employment Tribunal report starts with this:

JUDGMENT
The unanimous judgment of the Tribunal is that:

1 The complaint of victimisation is dismissed upon withdrawal;
2 The complaint of direct sex discrimination is not well-founded; and
3 The complaint of indirect sex discrimination is not well-founded.

Over pp.39/40 we find this remarkable text (section #186):

In considering both those issues we took into account the following facts. Although it is common for the manufacturing industry to be male dominated and it is accepted that male engineering graduates significantly outnumber female engineering graduates in many countries, the extent of the lack of gender diversity at the senior levels of DS Smith is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. [J4MB emphasis] During the Claimant’s period of employment there were no women on the Group Operating Committee or on the Executive. 9 out of the 54 roles at the next level down, were filled by women. The Claimant was one of them and six were in HR and Legal functions. Within the top 150 employees, 19 were women. Most of those 19 women felt that gender was an obstacle to progression at DS Smith, albeit indirectly and unconsciously. They had concerns about unconscious bias and stereotypical assumptions. About half of them felt that DS Smith was not an inclusive workplace and had experienced or witnessed inappropriate behaviour (see paragraph 121 above). The Claimant had been referred to as a “girlie” and “little lady” and had been winked at. [J4MB: For £200,000 a year FTSE100 executives could refer to me by these terms and wink at me all day. No problem.] The Claimant was the only woman in R1’s Leadership team.

Since when is it part of an Employment Tribunal’s remit to make gender political points, especially points irrelevant to the case in hand? I’d have thought that a perfectly reasonable decision for DS Smith to take after this case would be great reluctance to recruit or promote women to senior positions – and who could blame them?

So, who were the members of the tribunal? They are described at the start of the report as:

Employment Judge H Grewal, Mr J Carroll and Mr D Kendall

A Google search for Grewal led me to this. Key content:

News Release issued by the COI News Distribution Service on 21 September 2009
The Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Jack Straw MP, has appointed Harjit Kaur Grewal to be a Salaried Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales). Ms Grewal will be assigned to the London Central Region, with effect from 1 October 2009.

Notes to Editors
Harjit Kaur Grewal is 52. She was called to the Bar (G) in 1980 and was appointed as a Fee-paid Chairman of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) in 2003.

So Grewal is a feminist of about 63 years of age. She should be forced to retire early on the grounds of section #186 alone. Mr J Carroll and Mr D Kendall should hang their heads in shame for the section. But at least – miraculously – they unanimously arrived at a sound judgment.

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Josie Cox, a contributor to Forbes, is a blithering idiot

Another ridiculous article, this time in Forbes, implying a causal link between increasing diversity on corporate boards and improved corporate performance – Coronavirus And The Gender Pay Gap: An Excuse To Avoid Uncomfortable Facts. Ms Cox writes:

Research shows that Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women on their boards significantly outperform others. And companies with a smaller gender pay gap are likely to be more successful at attracting female talent which translate directly into a healthier bottom line.

Followers of this website should not need no reminder of the evidence compiled by this website many years ago, demonstrating a causal link between increased gender diversity on boards and corporate financial decline. The evidence is here.

The blithering idiot ends her article with this:

What will differentiate a satisfactory performance from an outstanding one might well be culture. There are of course many ways to safeguard corporate culture, but treating gender pay gaps with the attention and urgency they deserve is certainly a good place to start.

The attention and urgency that gender pay gaps deserve are precisely zero.

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International Men’s Day: Stephen Frost, CEO and Founder of Frost Included, is a mangina and a blithering idiot (but I repeat myself)

At the top of this website there’s a quotation from Milton Friedman, the late American economist who won the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 1976:

Few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very foundations of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their shareholders as possible.

Those who work in “Diversity and Inclusion” are parasites, one and all. Some are manginas as well, selling out their fellow men for personal gain. An example is Stephen Frost, who had an article published in Forbes yesterday. His profile on the article:

I am CEO and Founder of Frost Included, a diversity and inclusion consultancy. I work with individuals, teams and organizations to embed inclusive leadership in their decision-making, to benefit them and the world at large. This involves work on strategy, data, governance, leadership and systems design. Previously, I was Head of Diversity and Inclusion at KPMG, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Stonewall’s first Workplace director. I was educated at Oxford and Harvard and my team and I have won numerous awards for our work. I have lectured at Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University and Sciences Po in France and I also serve as an Advisor to the British Government. I am the author of The Inclusion Imperative (2014), co-author of Inclusive Talent Management (2016) and co-author of Building an Inclusive Organisation (2019).

The Forbes article is the most ignorant article I’ve ever read about International Men’s Day, and it’s appropriate that Stephen Frost, a mangina, wrote it – Should We Be Celebrating International Men’s Day?

My day can only get better from here.

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