Boardrooms need local voices

Sheila Khama looks at gender equality and regional representation at the top of mining companies

The World Today Updated 1 March 2021 Published 5 October 2020 3 minute READ

The racial justice protests that erupted in the United States earlier this year put the subject of inclusion centre stage in many aspects of life, including company boardrooms.

As someone who has served on boards for more than 20 years, the speed with which the subject was taken up by companies and pressure groups fascinated me.

In one week alone, I received at least six invitations from organizations decrying the lack of diversity on boards and committing to change the status quo. Many asked recipients to submit details of candidates for consideration as directors or members of professional associations, with a bias towards minority groups.

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