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Diversity in Irish Corporate Boards

Diversity in Irish Corporate Boards

The Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2
Fri 27 Apr 12 (8.30am - 11.30am)

Diversity in terms of gender, professional background, education, social network, sector experience, nationality and ethnicity are all important dimensions of a board’s overall diversity profile. A business case has been made for ensuring greater diversity in corporate boards. The aim of this conference is to bring together academics and practitioners to discuss the state-of-the-art theory and practice pertaining to diversity on board of directors.

The first part of the conference will consider the arguments around diversity drawing on the latest national and international research and also the legislative and voluntary measures taken in other jurisdictions to promote diversity. 

The second part of the conference will consider the effects on Irish companies of the recently announced changes proposed for the UK Corporate Governance Code. This Code applies to Irish listed companies on a “comply or explain” basis through the Irish Stock Exchange’s Listing Rules. Companies will be required to include in their annual report a description of their board’s policy on diversity, including gender, any measurable objectives that it has set for implementing the policy, and progress on achieving the objectives.. A further amendment to the Code will provide that board evaluation should consider its diversity, including gender.  It is proposed that the changes will apply to financial years beginning on or after 1 October 2012.

Conference Fee: €100

To view the conference brochure, please click here.

To register please go to: www.ucd.ie/law/conference