Annual Report Card on Gender Diversity and Leadership
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.