House of Lords select committe inquiry on ‘Women on Boards’: written evidence submitted

Regular visitors to this blog will be aware of the House of Lords inquiry. Herewith the latest update:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/eu—internal-market-sub-committee-b/

Written submissions to the enquiry were published this afternoon:

120726 House of Lords sub-committee, written evidence submitted

Most of the written evidence is from the usual suspects, many of them professionally committed to ‘improving’ gender balance in the boardroom. Many of them refer to now discredited reports and ‘evidence’, and overall we have an example of ‘groupthink’ that takes some beating. Which is ironic, given that one of the arguments for more women on boards is to reduce groupthink… We’ve been in touch with most of these groups, and none has offered a shred of evidence of a positive causal relationship between more women on boards and enhanced corporate performance. Indeed, organisations and individuals with some integrity are publicly distancing themselves from the ridiculous claim.

There are submissions, however, offering a different perspective:

Campaign for Merit in Business: pages 47-49

Michael Klein: pages 106-111

Ray Russell: page 155