Women continue to be under-represented in leadership and decision-making roles in Canada. As of January 1, 2020, federally-regulated companies are required to disclose the gender and non-gender diversity of boards and executive teams. The Prosperity Project™ Annual Gender-Diversity Data Tracking Initiative will build on this important first step.
The 2021 Annual Report Card was our country’s starting point, ground zero. It reflects our vision of zero barriers to inclusion. It is a nod to what is known as a result of disclosure by TSX-listed companies and CBCA-governed corporations subject to disclosure requirements. Garnering 68.7 million media impressions, it shone an important light on organizations that are at the forefront of tackling gender, racial and Indigenous diversity in leadership roles through collecting intersectional data. It set a new standard for the collecting and reporting on gender diversity and leadership in Canada: the first to present intersectional data (women who also identify as women of colour, Indigenous, black, and/or living with disabilities) on women in board, executive officer and in the pipeline to executive officer roles in some of Canada’s largest organizations.
By establishing a research base, we will track the progress of women over time and shine a light on the progress individual organizations are making towards achieving gender parity at the top. We will identify and applaud those organizations that are leading the way. There is ample evidence that employers that have created inclusive workplaces with diversity at all levels of their organizations are employers of choice, attracting the best talent and better serving the needs of their increasingly diverse customer bases.
2022 Annual Report Card on Gender Diversity and Leadership
We are inviting Canada’s largest 500 public companies, private companies, federal and provincial crown corporations, co-operatives and Canadian subsidiaries of foreign-owned corporations to participate in the 2022 Annual Report Card by collecting intersectional data on women’s representation at the leadership level and completing the 35-question bilingual survey based on this data. Please click below to see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). The anonymized data will be analyzed by our Analytics Partner KPMG in Canada. Each organization will receive an advance copy and a complimentary customized report.
The Prosperity Project 2022 Annual Report Card on Gender Diversity and Leadership will be larger in scope to deliver important benchmarking data to participating Canadian organizations. We will report on the representation of women at the top four levels and will only present aggregated data on the representation of women within industry groupings. Industry (classified in accordance with NAICS) data is combined with data from other industries when there are fewer than eight organizations from one industry to guarantee anonymity. It will:
Present intersectional data (women who also identify as women of colour, Indigenous, black and/or living with disabilities and LGBTQ2S+) on women in leadership roles that have been collected and submitted to TPP by participating organizations;
Look at the representation of women in board, executive officer, the pipeline to executive officer roles and pipeline direct reports; and
Provide a September 30, 2021 snapshot of women’s representation at the leadership level in Canada’s largest organizations.
The Annual Report Card will be published in early February 2022, during Black History Month and leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8.
The Prosperity Project is grateful to our 2022 Annual Report Card on Gender Diversity and Leadership Co-Presenting and Data Analytics Partner KPMG in Canada, and Partners AGF, BMO Financial Group, CPP Investments, Franco-Nevada, The Globe and Mail, NEO, RBC, TELUS and Women in Capital Markets for their ongoing commitment to support the economic empowerment of women and underscore the economic importance of gender equality.